- Why should I hire an attorney?
Potential defendants are usually covered by insurance. The insurance companies are notified immediately when an accident occurs, and they usually hire attorneys and expert witnesses to investigate the claim. It is important that witnesses be interviewed as soon as possible and evidence be preserved. Witnesses will often be more difficult to locate or will have a poor memory if they are interviewed much later after the accident has occurred. Evidence such as machinery parts or skid marks on the highway will disappear unless preserved quickly. Insurance companies have insurance adjusters who will contact you and try to be friendly. You should not trust the statements that insurance adjusters make to you. They are not working for you and will sometimes make misleading statements in an effort to trick you into resolving your case. Insurance adjusters also might record your conversations with them and use your statements against you in order to try to save money for the insurance companies.
The main thing we try to impress upon people is that it’s never too early to talk to an attorney, and it’s always too late. By that we mean that speaking with an attorney very soon after a crash or other accident in no way will harm you. Along the same lines, the longer you try to handle a claim on your own or delay hiring competent counsel, irreparable damage can be done in the form of recorded statements given to the insurance companies and evidence not being preserved. There is no risk or fee for speaking with an attorney and arranging an initial consultation.
- How and when do I pay for a personal injury attorney?
Most personal injury attorneys work on what is called a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay the attorney only if and when the attorney has successfully made a recovery in your case, either by settlement or by winning a jury trial. Our philosophy is that clients have enough to worry about, so clients at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman never pay us a dime out of their pockets directly; when you’re case is finished, the insurance company sends a check to our law firm, we take our percentage fee from that check, and send the remainder to the client.
In the rare event we are unable to make a recovery on your case, you still don’t pay us a dime, and that even includes case costs, court costs, expert fees, and any advances. There is truly zero risk in hiring a personal injury law firm like Glasheen, Valles & Inderman.
- What is my claim worth?
Personal injury claims are usually resolved by either settlement or by a jury. When a case is settled, it is the client’s decision of whether or not to accept a settlement offer. The lawyer will advise the client as to the potential value of the claim. Lawyers evaluate the potential value of a claim by predicting what a jury would do based on experience with similar claims.A jury can consider all sorts of damages in a personal injury case including medical expenses in the past and in the future, loss of earnings in the past and in the future as a result of the injury, physical pain and mental anguish in the past and in the future, compensation for impairment – that is loss of use, and disfigurement damages. The jury has discretion in awarding the sums. We can give you advice on the value of your claim based on our experience with some of our claims and similar jury results.
- How long will my claim take to resolve?
The time it takes to resolve a personal injury claim depends very much on the type of case. We believe that it is important to prosecute claims as quickly and efficiently as possible. We usually like to have our client finish with their medical treatment so that we can fully and properly evaluate their injuries before we attempt to settle the claim. Sometimes we can assist a client with making advances to cover lost wages or living expenses while the client is waiting for the case to be resolved. Typically, automobile accident cases with fairly minor injuries can be resolved in about six months. More serious accident cases usually take anywhere from six months up to a year and a half or longer.
- Will my case go to trial?
Whether a case goes to trial depends on dozens of factors, including your damages, the amount of insurance available, and the circumstances of the case. However, generally speaking, approximately 98% of personal injury cases settle without going to trial.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, regardless of where you live, we will be happy to evaluate your potential case through a free consultation. For immediate contact, call us directly: 866-492-2509
15:14 04 Sep 19
The people there are very helpful and they help you understand what is going on and they explain the process to you. The case manager on our case was awesome, Victor Gamez, he helped us through the entire process. Thank you to Noe Valles and the entire law firm. Very highly recommended. Flores familyread more
15:24 10 Aug 19
I totally recommend this law firm very highly!!I’m super excited they represented me in the case they even call me on Saturday and Sunday to follow up and they will get you your money fast. Make sure you call MarryEllen Perez She will help you in anything and everything you need even on the weekends !read more
03:26 09 Aug 19
I spoke to Mary Ellen. She was very nice, and helpful. Thank you, and God bless!
01:19 09 Aug 19
(I was Hit by an 18 wheeler that ran a stop sign) Choosing Glassheen, Valles & Inderman was the best decision I could have ever made at the worst time in my life . The real deal and top notch is the only way to Describe these guys. best injury firm around hands down .Nick Pena was my attorney. and Kenny Morris also took care of me and my family . These guys will do the absolute best for you and your family and do whatever it takes to make sure you are taken care of . Debbie Darnell the Paralegal did an amazing job as well and was always super professional . The questions were always answered my phone calls were always answered never a time during this whole process did I feel like I wasn’t being taken care of. These guys have the resources and the knowledge and will do the right thing for you. Using this law firm was the best decision I have ever made and I cannot thank these guys enough !!read more
16:42 29 May 19
The process was so fast, and they took care of everything. I had even forgot about what was going on. Over all i was pleased and would definitely recommend or use them if in the position again!!!!!
22:32 16 May 19
I worked directly with victor g. and he was amazing. He stayed in contact updating me all the time. They got me a decent settlement for the injury I received in my car accident. I would definitely use them again though hopefully I won’t have to.read more
21:31 03 May 19
Everyone did everything perfect! Julie took amazing care of me. I highly recommend this firm. You want to be treated like your family this is the place to go!
20:45 01 May 19
We were in an accident in December 2018 and Valles and his firm were recommended. They were very helpful as well as very explanatory with all the information leading up to our case. Mary Ellen was always on top of our case and pushing our demands. We are beyond satisfied with our demand! On behalf of myself and Mr. Herrera we thank you and appreciate all the time and effort you all put into our case!read more
16:35 23 Apr 19
Thank you all for all you do. Mary Ellen it was a pleasure working with you. The physical therapy at Bryce Therapy was also awesome.Thanks again, Frances Ybarra
17:55 19 Apr 19
Although my case couldn’t be taken by this law firm, I met and spoke with Mary Perez. She was very nice and professional. She kindly listened to me and not only did she referred me to another lawyer, but she called their office as well. If you need an injury lawyer, I’ll recommend looking into this law firm! The receptionist was very friendly and professional as well!read more