Below are some initial questions auto accident clients have when they first contact BenGlassLaw. These answers are general and we will go over any questions you have when you contact us to discuss your case.
Maybe. Most lawyers won’t tell you this – but there are plenty of auto accident cases for which hiring a lawyer is a waste of your money.
At Ben Glass Law, we perform a six-point assessment on a client’s file before accepting a case. We do this because we only want to work on cases where we can meet our two goals: (1) simplify the client’s life by taking the burden of dealing with the insurance company off of their hands and (2) delivering more dollars to the client’s bank account than the client would be able to get without us. If we don’t think we can meet both of those goals, we won’t a case.
How do auto accident lawyers add value to personal injury cases?
Lawyers add value to cases by protecting you from what you don’t know. The best auto accident lawyers in Virginia have a vast knowledge of the approximate value of the case in a courtroom (which, we believe, is the only way to evaluate a case) and will know how to frame a negotiation strategy with the insurance company.
A great personal injury law firm provides excellent customer service while the client is in medical care. Our goal is to make it so that all the client has to worry about is getting to their doctor’s appointments.
We maximize value by negotiating the highest possible settlement for a client (or taking the case to trial if that fails), by finding all of the available insurance funds for the client, and negotiating any health insurance liens or outstanding medical bills.
I’m not hurt, but I have questions about property damage. Can you help?
Sorry. We do not accept “property damage only” cases. This allows us to focus our time on cases where someone was seriously injured in a car crash.
How much does it cost to hire an injury lawyer?
Our fee is one-third of the recovery from the insurance company plus our out-of-pocket costs. Unlike many firms, our fee does not go up to 40 or 45% if a lawsuit has to be filed or if the case goes to trial.
In many cases, the out-of-pocket costs are limited to a few hundred dollars to collect the medical records and bills. These are costs that the client would incur on their own if they were handling the case themselves.
How does the insurance company evaluate personal injury claims?
Insurance companies look at many variables to determine settlement value. The most important are the medical bills and lost wages, how much damage was done to the car, does the person have any prior injuries, and are they represented by a lawyer who focuses their practice on auto accident claims.
Should I use my health insurance to pay my medical bills?
In Virginia, you are always going to be better off to have your health insurance company pay the bills. In many cases, you may owe money back at the end of your case to your health insurance company due to subrogation. But even with subrogation, you are going to come out “ahead” if you’ve used your health insurance benefits. In many cases, we are able to negotiate a reduction in the subrogation claim at the end of a case.
Can I take a virtual tour of your office?
Many of our clients never set foot in our offices because of our remote-working capabilities. This allows us to handle auto accident cases in Fairfax, but also from all over Virginia. We are located in a terrific building near George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The nearest airports are Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport. Today, most of our work is done by phone, fax, email, and video conference. Court filings are made electronically, and many court hearings are being held by telephone. In short, you will likely never have to come and visit us at our offices (unless you want to!).
You are headquartered in Fairfax, can you still help?
The pandemic has taught many potential clients what we already knew – that you don’t have to be able to visit a lawyer’s office in order to hire the best lawyer in Virginia for your case. We represent injured parties across the state and will travel to your jurisdiction if a lawsuit needs to be filed. We have integrated zoom calls into our practice for clients who wish to speak “in person.”
What is the number one question I should ask to make sure that I’m hiring the best personal injury lawyer for my case?
What is your in-the-courtroom experience in auto accident cases? Insurance companies keep track of everything – including and especially – is your lawyer the kind of lawyer who files lawsuits and tries cases? Or is he the kind of lawyer who always convinces the client to accept the “final offer.”