Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have a valid case? [+]
For a case to have merit there must have been damages suffered through
a negligent or wrongful act. These injuries come about in many different
circumstances, including in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and dog
bite cases as well as accidents in the workplace. To determine whether
you have a case requires a full evaluation your specific circumstances,
the degree of injury, and the type of incident that took place. At Givens
Givens Sparks we offer a free case evaluation to assist you and answer
your questions about your case and potential legal action.
How long do personal injury cases take to resolve? [+]
The resolutions of these cases vary. In cases of catastrophic injury, such
as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or others, as the settlement
sought will be extremely high value, it can take longer than those in
which the injured victim will recover within a predicted length of time.
We always press for a fast resolution, but the recovery of compensation
sought must be sufficient and reflect the damages that our client has
suffered. If we need to go to court we will do so for our client.
Isn't a personal injury lawyer expensive? [+]
Personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis; if we don't win,
you don't pay. In addition, we advance all of the costs necessary to pay
for a medical expert evaluation and to fully investigate and gather evidence
to support your claim. This allows you to have high quality legal representation
without an initial outlay of funds. When the case settles, we take a reasonable
percentage of the settlement. We are happy to further discuss our terms
with you at our initial consultation.
What if I have been offered a settlement? [+]
When a victim of negligence is offered a settlement without legal counsel
to review the case it is likely you are being offered an amount far lower
than you could have gotten with support from our firm. It is advised that
you do not sign paperwork or answer questions from insurance adjusters
or provide medical records until you speak with us.
How long will my case take? [+]
While we certainly never want to prolong the claims process, our firm is
committed to pursuing your case until we believe you are being offered
a fair settlement or verdict. That being said, we will take your case
to court if necessary, which could make the process longer, but it is
never our first recourse. We always try to work with the opposition to
negotiate a settlement outside of court first, which can limit not only
the time it takes to secure a settlement, but court fees as well.
Will my case go to court? [+]
Typically, only highly contentious cases are litigated (go to court). We
prefer to negotiate a settlement outside of court so we can have more
control over the outcome. If your case goes to court, the outcome is ultimately
in the judge's hands. Every case is different though, so talk to an attorney
directly to discuss the likelihood of your case going to court.
How much money can I recover? [+]
The amount of money we choose to pursue for our clients is based on a number
of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the nature of your
accident, and the extent of the wrongdoing. Our goal is typically to recover
enough money so that you do not have to pay out of pocket for accident-related
expenses. Contact our firm to discuss the details of your case and gather
a more accurate estimate.
Is retaining an attorney really necessary? [+]
You are not required by law to retain an attorney after an accident, but
it undoubtedly helps. The claims process can get incredibly sticky, and
it is easy for individuals to get taken advantage of if they are unfamiliar
with the legal system.
Contact Our Firm
over 135 years of combined professional experience, the Givens Givens Sparks team of trial lawyers is dedicated to the advocacy
and protection of their clients and their families. Contact our legal
team today to learn more about what we can do for you or your family during
this tumultuous time in your life.
Fill out our free case evaluation form and get back on the road towards recovery. We will not charge you a dime
unless we receive financial restitution on your behalf.