Frequently Asked Questions
Insurance Defense & Personal Injury
“The team was so responsive and he was so patient and informative and did a great job preparing us for what was to come and preparing me for the deposition.“—Angela B.
You should expect to hear from our office within a few days of having an attorney assigned to your case to schedule your initial conference with the attorney. During this initial conference, the attorney will review the lawsuit with you and discuss details such as the anticipated length of time your case is expected to take, what information you will need to provide, and the areas of the case in which your participation will be needed.
If we are able to contact you before the deadline to submit a response, and you are interested, you certainly may read what is submitted on your behalf. If you are interested in seeing more details from the case file, please discuss with your attorney.
This will depend on the claims being made in your case, but will likely include contact information, job information, and details about where you were going and what you were doing at the time of the accident. Some information is provided to us from your insurance adjuster when your case is assigned, but often we will need you to supply additional details. When you have your initial consultation with an attorney, you’ll get a more detailed list of information needed.
You may need to attend a deposition in person where opposing counsel will ask you a number of questions. Your attorney will prepare you before-hand with what to expect during the deposition. In some rare cases, depositions can be handled via video. If your case proceeds to trial, you will need to attend the trial in person. You will have detailed preparation sessions with your attorney before any event that requires your participation.
If you anticipate being deployed or moving out of state during the course of your case, please make certain to inform your attorney of this as soon as possible. In some cases, you may need to travel back for depositions and trial, although we can explore the potential of deposition by video if possible. For deployed military members, we will discuss with you the potential applicability of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and the protections it may afford you.
The length of a lawsuit depends on the court which it was filed in and the specifics of the case. While most of our lawsuits take about 12 months, some are significantly faster while others can take several years to complete appeals. If we can resolve the lawsuit quickly, we will.
We will stand by you every step of the way throughout the defense of your lawsuit. Our team will explain to you what’s happening and why, what you can expect, when you will be needed, and what insurance will and will not cover. We will prepare you for all meetings and for trial. If you have questions along the way, our team can quickly provide answers or set up a meeting for you to have a more in depth discussion with your attorney.
If you’re injured, the first thing you should do is take care of those injuries. Call 911 and request whatever emergency services you need. While you may expect the police to create a report that thoroughly documents the scene and contains the contact information for the others involved and any witnesses, this does not always happen. Take pictures of the vehicles before they are moved, and detailing the damage once they are safely out of the roadway. Obtain names and phone numbers from all witnesses and the other driver, if they are agreeable, have them provide a brief recorded statement into your phone of what occurred.
Once you’re stable, you can reach out to an attorney to discuss next steps.