Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I can't afford an attorney?

Many law firms will agree to pursue a personal injury claim for a contingency fee, which means that the law firm's fee is subtracted from any amount that the firm collects for you. If no amount is recovered, then the firm receives no fee. But the client is typically responsible for actual expenses, such as court filing fees or witness fees, whether he or she wins or loses.

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How much will it cost?

Most Alabama personal injury & SSD/SSI attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means they do not charge anything unless your claim is successful and you win money. In other words, there is literally no way to come out of that relationship having lost money. Either the case does not prevail, in which case your attorney's services are free, or you win a settlement, in which case the attorney's fees are taken out of that settlement.

If you want to get the process started right away, you can contact J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY or use our online contact form. With considerable experience and an unrivaled rate of success this firm offers uncommon dedication and a unique skill set. Please call J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law now.

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Will I have to go to court?

Not necessarily. Many personal injury cases are concluded without even filing a lawsuit. Most lawsuits are settled without an actual trial. A settlement avoids the costs and delays of a trial and may result in a greater net recovery. However, if the case cannot be settled on satisfactory terms, it may be necessary to try it in court.

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What does “filing a suit” mean?

Filing a suit is simply the act of filing legal papers at the courthouse. This only happens after all settlement negotiations have been unsuccessful. Filing a suit does not always mean you will be going to court. Many times, personal injury cases are still settled before trial hearing begin. However, if your case does go to trial, you can be confident in our ability to fight for you.

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Where will the money come from to compensate me?

The at-fault party's insurance typically pays for your damages in many states, as is the case in the state of Alabama. If the at-fault party is not adequately insured, your own insurance policy may contain coverage that will compensate you for your injuries.

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How long will it take me to receive my money?

The length of time necessary to conclude your automobile accident injury case depends upon a number of factors. For example, if you received a serious injury, you do not want to settle your claim until you have received sufficient medical care so that either your physician has released you or your future medical expenses related to the accident can be determined with reasonable certainty. Therefore, the amount of time you need to heal may determine the length of time necessary to conclude your claim. The amount of time before you recover also depends on whether your case is settled or goes to trial.

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What is "attorney-client privilege"?

Attorney-client privilege means that any legal information or matter that you discuss with your attorney is completely confidential and the attorney cannot reveal that information to anyone else. Aside from certain exceptions and unless you consent to release legal information pertaining to your case, your lawyer is required by law to keep all of your information confidential.

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How can I work with an insurance company on my personal injury claim?

One valuable service your attorney can provide is helping deal with insurance companies. Because insurance companies have an interest in settling injury claims as quickly and as economically as possible, an experienced lawyer can help you determine if a settlement offer is fair or if further negotiations or lawsuits are necessary. A qualified attorney can help you navigate the entire process without losing money to which you might be entitled.

For over 15 years, Mr. Benson has dedicated his law practice to treating each client with dignity and respect while determining the best course of action to help them recover the compensation they deserve. He advocates for his clients in Montgomery, Alabama, and across the U.S. on a daily basis to make sure their rights are protected and fights for the benefits they deserve.

Call J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY or use our online contact form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. If our lawyers can assist you, we will proceed on a contingency-fee basis. This means we don’t get paid for our services until you recover money.

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