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Manchester personal injury lawyer Olivier Sakellarios is a Suffolk Law grad with years of experience representing injury clients in in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Sakellarios and Associates handle personal injury claims for clients all over New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Manchester personal injury attorney Olivier Sakellarios, has handled every kind of accident and/or injury case, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, wrongful death cases and other personal injuries such as dog bite injuries or slip and fall accidents. The Sakellarios Law Firm has years of experience holding insurance companies responsible for damages caused by their customers and obtaining impressive settlements for our clients, quickly.
During the First Meeting with a Personal Injury Lawyer
After being injured in an accident, you must first decide to hire a personal injury lawyer. Hiring a competent injury attorney can greatly help your case to go more smoothly. However, some may be worried about what to expect during the first meeting with a personal injury lawyer. Here are some things you can expect during the first meeting with a personal injury lawyer.
Before the First Meeting with Your Attorney
Before the first meeting with a personal injury lawyer be sure to NOT talk with your insurance company. In addition, if the insurance company of the other party tries to contact you, do NOT speak with them. Any statements that you provide to an insurance company could be harmful to your case later. Insurance companies know how to manipulate the things you say in a way that could actually hurt your case.
What to Bring to Your First Meeting with a Personal Injury Lawyer
- Health and auto insurance information
- Any medical bills you may have already received from the accident
- The information you gathered from the accident such as statements from witnesses, photos of the accident, etc.
During the First Meeting
After an attorney has agreed to accept your case, all communications regarding your case should go through your attorney’s office. At your first meeting, you will be asked to sign documentation called a “retainer” or a “representation agreement.” This is a contract with your attorney that outlines the terms of representation. Our fee is one third of anything we get our clients. Our firm only gets paid if we get you money.
During the first meeting, your lawyer will ask you for greater details about the accident as well as more details about your injuries. To prepare yourself, think of any questions such as who, what, where, when, why, and how regarding the accident or your injuries. This will prepare your mind to answer the questions in your meeting more efficiently. The longevity of your first meeting will depend on how severe your injuries were and who was involved in the accident.
Keep in mind some of the questions your personal injury attorney may ask in your first meeting may be difficult to hear an answer. Your attorney needs the information to better your case and get you the best possible result.
In some cases, your attorney may feel it is necessary to do further research regarding your case. This is not unusual and nothing to be alarmed about.
How Do I Know If I Have a Good Personal Injury Case?
If you’ve been injured in an accident such as a car accident, semi truck accident, motorcycle accident, or suffering the death of a family member you may be wondering “how do I know if I have a good personal injury case?” If you think you may have a case, call the law office of Sakellarios and Associates in Manchester for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.
Basic Requirements for a Good Personal Injury Case
- You are suffering an injury or injuries due to the negligence or carelessness from the responsible party. For example, a person was sending a text message while driving and ran a stop sign hitting another vehicle and causing injuries to that driver. The driver who was texting is considered negligent for disregarding the responsibility of paying attention to the road while driving and causing injury to another.
- Injury or harm (compensatory damages) resulted from an accident. In the above example, if the person injured suffered a broken arm which resulted in medical bills, lost wages, and/or pain and suffering, the injury would be considered to have caused compensatory damages. These types of damages are things that the injured party may be compensated for.
Is There a Time Limit to File a Claim?
After a car accident, you may wonder when to file a claim with your insurance company and if there is a time limit to file a claim. A time limit to file a claim depends on the insurance company procedures as well as the law in your state. In New Hampshire, a person can file a personal injury claim within three years of the accident. In addition, property damage claims should be filed within three years of an accident. These deadlines are legally known as a statute of limitations. A claim does not have to be resolved but it must be filed with the court before the deadline. Your time starts ticking to file typically on the day of the accident.
What if I File My Claim Late?
If you file your claim after the statute of limitations, the court will reject your claim. Even if you file only a day too late, the court will still reject your claim. This may seem harsh but there is a good reason for it. After three years, memories fade and records get lost. There are a few reasons you may be filling your claim late. For example, if you did not know the identity of the person that hit you, or if you were under the age of 18 when the accident occurred. Some states do have exceptions to the statute of limitations. However, they are not worth depending on and we do not recommend waiting.
There are times when a client and their attorney will choose to file a lawsuit simply because the statute of limitations is near. The legal term for this is tolling. Tolling stops the clock and gives you time to resolve the claim.
Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer from Sakellarios and Associates in Manchester, NH
After an accident, we understand the difficulties and stresses you may be facing. In fact, if you are not able to come to meet at our law office, our attorney will come to you. Do not hesitate to call the law office of Sakellarios and Associates to discuss your case during a free consultation. Our law firm works on a contingency fee. That means you pay nothing until your case is settled. You can afford to hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney from Sakellarios and Associates. Call our Manchester law office today at (603) 669-1663. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.