Personal Injury FAQs
- Why might I need a personal injury attorney?
- How much do the services provided at Haggerty, Haggerty and Maschmeyer cost?
- How can Haggerty, Haggerty and Maschmeyer help me with personal injury issues?
- How do I schedule an appointment?
Why might I need a personal injury attorney?
Insurance company adjusters go through extensive training to learn how to defend and minimize claims. Every dollar the insurance company saves in the payment of a claim is another dollar earned by that insurance company. You need someone on your side - equally experienced and trained - to investigate, support and document your claim. The first few hours or days after an accident are the most important. Our investigators will make sure that all necessary evidence to present your case - including vehicle photos, injury photos, accident scene photos and witness statements - will be obtained and preserved on your behalf. Rest assured the insurance company adjuster is investigating the accident, in search of a reason to deny your claim.
How much do the services provided at Haggerty, Haggerty and Maschmeyer cost?
Like most personal injury attorneys, Haggerty, Haggerty and Maschmeyer handles personal injury claims on a one-third contingency fee plus costs. This means that we advance the costs to pursue your claim and are paid back those costs out of any settlement. No attorney fee is charged, unless we recover. Our attorney fee is one-third of any money recovered before trial and 40 percent of any money recovered after trial.
How can Haggerty, Haggerty and Maschmeyer help me with personal injury issues?
We begin all personal injury cases with a thorough and free client interview in our office or the hospital if necessary. Thereafter, we immediately engage a private investigator to photograph the vehicles, accident scene and injuries. The investigator also obtains witness statements. We begin an immediate dialogue with the insurance company adjuster to let him know that your claim is one that we take very seriously and will pursue vigorously.
We instruct the insurance company adjuster not to contact you, therefore removing you from any confrontation and allowing you to focus on healing. We will compile medical records, bills and narrative statements from your treating physicians to document your claim. We will assist you in valuing your claim. We will file and prosecute a lawsuit, if necessary, against the responsible party to recover for any of the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Any lost earning capacity
- Pain, suffering and emotional distress
- Loss of consortium and services
- Any permanent physical impairment
While most cases are settled in negotiation or mediation, a very small percentage do proceed to trial. We can explain to you the costs, risks, and advantages of trial in your particular case. We will litigate your case to protect your rights, if it becomes necessary.
Your health-care insurance or provider may hold a subrogation lean against any recovery received from the at-fault party. We will assist you in negotiating a reduction of that leaned amount, if allowable under the law.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Please call us at 317-786-2225 for a free initial office or hospital consultation to discuss how Haggerty, Haggerty and Maschmeyer can assist you in obtaining and recovering the full value of your claim without the worry and risk of dealing directly with the highly trained insurance adjuster yourself.