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August 30, 2021

You may need to hire an experienced Waterbury personal injury lawyer to represent your case, and therefore your interests, in settlement negotiations with the defending insurance company. We have answered some of the important questions you should ask when consulting with a potential personal injury attorney. You should not attempt to file a personal injury lawsuit on your own without prior consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Important questions you should ask when consulting with a potential personal injury attorney.

When a catastrophic or fatal injury changes your life, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the decisions you face. Can you afford the medical care you need? What happens if you cannot return to work? If you lost a loved one to wrongful death, how will your family go on without him or her?

These are serious questions that need answers. Fortunately, there is help available during this difficult time. At Tindall Law Firm, LLC, we help injury victims and their families recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. We aggressively pursue the compensation you need to heal and move forward. While favorable settlements are often possible, if going to trial is in your best interests, we will battle the insurance company until we get results.

Here are some important questions you should ask before retaining a personal injury attorney:

Are you experienced with my type of case?

It is also important to understand the experience the attorney has in representing personal Injury clients as well as his/her success in those cases. There are many attorneys that may settle a case, but if they had taken the case to court or prepared a better argument the damages recovered could have been higher.

The Tindall Law Firm, LLC, provides experienced representation to injury victims and their families in Connecticut. We understand your concerns because we have helped thousands of people who were faced with the same issues after a serious injury or a wrongful death. For nearly 25 years, attorney Tavis Tindall has protected the rights of injury victims and injured workers. He is well known for his commitment to client service and his ability to obtain the full value of a case.

It is important to understand the qualifications of the attorney you hire. There are some “jack of all trades” attorneys, who handle many different types of legal matters, but do not specialize in any one legal area. He or she may be a good attorney, but not be qualified to handle your personal injury claim.

What are your fees?

All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. If we accept your case, you pay no fee unless we recover damages for you.

If monetary damages are recovered, your representing personal injury lawyer will take a percentage of the award. You will find that the standard rate is 1/3 of the gross recovery plus costs of litigation that a law firm fronts on your case, in most personal injury cases.

If I lose, will I be responsible for any case-related costs?

If you sign an agreement for 1/3 legal fees, and waive any fee cap statute, then you are not responsible for any litigation costs that are fronted by the law firm, even if you lost your case.

How long will it take for a Personal Injury or Accident Lawsuit? 

Injury and accident lawsuits have no set timeline for completion. Most cases cannot be resolved until the injured party has finished treatment or reached maximum medical improvement, even if they will require future treatment. Usually, for what is called a soft tissue injury (i.e. no broken bones, or severe damage to the spine or other body parts, but pain in the soft tissues) treatment can go between 4-8 months, after which time pre-litigation negotiations take place. If the case can be resolved for a fair and reasonable sum consistent with the fair market value of the case, then the matter is settled and comes to conclusion often within a few months of the client completing treatment. Read more

Will my personal injury case go to trial?

Once the lawsuit has been filed, the period of discovery begins. Attorneys for all sides will serve written questions, which are called interrogatories, on each party to learn more about the case, and then they will conduct depositions of the parties. This is a process where the parties testify in the presence of a court reporter, with the attorneys asking questions.

Once the discovery period is over, there will be a court ordered conferences to attempt to resolve the case short of a trial. A trial date will be set if parties involved cannot come to an agreement. On that date your claim will be presented before a jury with a judge presiding to oversee the process. We prepare every case we take as if it is going to trial, specifically to ensure that our clients receive the fairest compensation they deserve if, despite our best efforts, a settlement cannot be reached on just terms for our client. While most cases resolve prior to trial, it is important to have every case prepared as if it is going to trial, which is what Tindall Law Firm, LLC does for every client.

What is my personal injury case worth?

An experienced Personal injury lawyer will be able to review your case and can provide an idea of what damages could be awarded, based on years of experience, and seeing similar cases. While no two cases are exactly alike, there are some common elements that establish a range of case value, called the Fair Market Value of a particular type of case. This is where experience comes in to play. An experienced attorney will be familiar with working on cases dealing with a variety of insurance representatives, and they will know how hard to push them. Keep in mind that the damages will needs to factor in the completed discovery, liability, and preexisting medical issues as each of these items can impact a settlement offer or verdict.

At Tindall Law Firm we devote the necessary time and resources to each case to optimize the results. We are willing to do the work and spend the money necessary to build strong cases for compensation. Opposing attorneys and insurance companies know that we are always thoroughly prepared and willing to go to trial when that is in our client’s best interests. In many instances, this reputation for thorough, aggressive representation leads to favorable settlements without the need for a trial.

Who will handle my personal injury case?

As part of our commitment to client service, we utilize high-tech communications, including smartphones. Clients receive Mr. Tindall’s cell number and are able to text and call him. When you work with our firm, attorney Tindall makes a point of being accessible. He will take your case from beginning to end, instead of passing the case off to an associate like many firms.

For a free consultation, please call our Waterbury personal injury law firm at 203.755.0018 or contact us online. Our office provides a welcoming, comfortable environment set in a refurbished Victorian house for those potential clients, who like to come in and meet us face to face. Evening and weekend appointments may be available by request. In the era of this pandemic, we also conduct video conference meetings or and do phone intakes, as requested, to provide the safest atmosphere for clients. We utilize emails and land texting services, and paperless technology for the signing of documents in the safety and comfort of your own home.

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