Personal Injury FAQ

What is a personal injury case?

A personal injury case is a legal discord that occurs when a person suffers harm from an accident or an injury due to someone else’s carelessness or intentional misconduct. A personal injury case is formalized in a civil court where fault is determined. The case can be resolved through an informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed or through formal lawsuits.

Can I be compensated for my injury?

If your injury was a result of another person’s negligence, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Depending on the intent or negligence of a responsible party, you may be entitled to compensation from that party through a settlement or a judgment.

Is there any time limit for filing a personal injury claim?

There are strict time limits for making a personal injury claim, also known as the statute of limitations. The period for filing a personal injury claim begins on the date of the incident. The time limit for filing personal injury lawsuits may range from one to six years depending on the type of incident. Failure to file within this time frame can prevent you from claiming your rightful compensation.

Will I have to go to court if I file a personal injury claim?

No, you don’t have to go to court to file a personal injury claim. A claim may be resolved with legal help and the insurance company. A personal injury claim is resolved when a compromised settlement payment is reached and both parties are satisfied. However, you can file a lawsuit if you believe the personal injury claim was not resolved fairly. A lawyer will help you with this.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP