Frequently Asked Legal Questions
How do I choose the right personal injury lawyer?
Talk to friends and relatives about whether they know an attorney who may be able to help you.
Every person and every case is different so the lawyer who was right for your friend may not be right for you, but asking for referrals is a good way to start.
Speak with several different lawyers. Giving them a brief, honest picture of your situation, answering their questions as honestly and completely as possible. Any attorney you speak with should give you some idea as to whether they believe you have a case.
When you hire a personal injury lawyer, your goal is to relieve the stress created by an extremely unpleasant situation in your life. One of the most important considerations in hiring an attorney is the issue of trust. Over the course of a personal injury claim, you will most likely have to share some very sensitive personal information with your attorney. You need someone with whom you feel comfortable so that they can help you as much as possible.
After speaking with several attorneys, pick one with whom you feel comfortable and who you believe will be honest with you about your case. You want to win your case and you need a lawyer who will tell you what the obstacles are and who will give you some of the possible reasons why your personal injury claim might not succeed.
If I have been in an accident, when should I hire a lawyer?
The sooner you engage an attorney, the better. Many aspects of a personal injury claim can be very time-sensitive. Your attorney will need to conduct an investigation of the accident, speaking with as many witnesses and people involved in the accident as possible while their memories of the situation are still fresh.
Beyond the issue of an effective investigation, there are often statutes of limitation: laws stating that after a certain amount of time you can no longer take action. In order to be sure everything that needs to be done in order to file a successful claim can be done in time, it is best to speak with a personal injury lawyer immediately.
Will you win my case?
We would love to tell you that we will win your case, but we can’t. Every case is different, every case is complex and every case is ultimately decided by people who listen to both sides of your story. The experienced Denver and Boulder trial attorneys at Taussig & Smith, P.C. will make every effort to reach a satisfactory resolution to your case out of court which is often less stressful, less time-consuming and less expensive. They have extensive trial experience and know what it takes to take a case to trial and often, to win.
While no one can guarantee that they will win your case, Taussig & Smith, P.C. will fight hard for your rights. They will deliver superior client service and individual attention and, perhaps most importantly, they will be candid and honest with you about your case at every turn. While they can’t guarantee success, they will give you the best chance they can at a positive outcome.
How long will it take to settle my case?
Most personal injury claims have a statute of limitations of two years which means you have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. Once the claim is filed, the amount of time it takes to settle is totally dependent on the details of the case. Every case is different and therefore will play out differently.
An important consideration is that not all claims will settle, some will go to trial. Trial dates can be set significantly in advance and a personal injury claim that goes to trial can take a long time to resolve. And of course, after a trial, there may be an appeal or other factors to delay resolution even further.
Ultimately, if you want to have an idea how long your case might take, speak with an experienced trial attorney. While no one can give you a definite time line, after listening to the details of your case, he or she may be able to give you a general idea of whether your case seems likely to settle out of court or should to go to trial. Ultimately, your attorney should keep you informed throughout the case of developments that may affect the time it will take to resolve.
How much will it cost to hire you?
This is not a question that can be answered in advance.
We may take your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will agree in advance to a fee that is a percentage of any money that we are able to recover for you. That means that if you recover no money, there is no fee. The purpose of this arrangement is to ensure that someone who has little money and has been injured by someone else’s negligence is able to afford an attorney to help them recover their damages.
In many other types of cases, fees are charged on an hourly basis. For more information about whether a contingency fee may be available to you, or what you can expect legal services to cost, speak with an experienced trial attorney.
How do I contact you to get started on my case?
Visit our contact page here, or call us directly at 303-443-2700. We look forward to meeting and working with you on your case.