FAQs

When involved in a personal injury case there are many questions that may come up or that you may have. Here at The Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD we have compiled a few of them that are most commonly asked. If you have a question that is not listed, contact our personal injury law firm and we will be more than glad to schedule a FREE Consultation with you today to have them answered by one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

Q: What makes Marc J Shuman & Associates, LTD. different than other law firms?

A: Our experience and expertise is in injury related law. Accordingly, our law practice is dedicated 100% to Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Law. Our legal resources are not diluted or distracted by practicing multiple areas of non injury related law. Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD. Offers a FREE application for iPhones and Android based cellular smart phones that will help you immediately collect pictures and the necessary information needed to document the accident and communicate the information directly it to our attorneys. See the left panel on our home page to scan the QR code that will allow you to download our FREE app.

Q: If I, or a family member, suffer an injury from an accident, how can we tell if we have a legal case?

A: A proper analysis of the facts of your case and the applicable laws must be made in order to determine whether or not you have a viable case. As personal injury and Workers’ Compensation laws can be quite complex, that analysis should be made by an attorney that has extensive experience handling all types of personal injury and Workers’ Compensation matters. At Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD. our attorneys are available for a FREE consultation to review the facts of your case and to make the determination whether or not a viable case exists.

Q: At the time of the accident, what should I do to protect my legal rights?

A: The most important thing is the health of the injured and accordingly you should first seek immediate medical assistance from a competent medical doctor or local hospital. If need be, have an ambulance take the injured to the hospital directly from the scene of the accident.

Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD. Offers a FREE application for iPhones and Android based cellular smart phones that will help you immediately collect pictures and the necessary information needed to document the accident and communicate the information directly it to our attorneys. See the left panel on our home page to scan the QR code that will allow you to download our FREE app.

Make sure that an accurate history is given to the medical professional regarding the injuries related to the accident or on the job incident. As soon as is reasonably possible, you should then consult with a attorney that is experienced in handling personal injury and Workers’ Compensation matters so that you can receive specific legal advice regarding the proper steps that should be taken to protect your legal rights.

Q: As an injured party, should I cooperate with insurance investigators or corporate representatives that contact me concerning the incident?

A: Insurance company adjusters, corporate representatives and investigators hired by either one of these entities typically contact injured parties after an accident or on-the-job injury. Almost always, these people represent the same companies against whom your claim for injuries will be made. The most important thing that you can do to protect your rights is tell these callers that you have hired Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD to represent you and that they can be reached at (312) 422-0700. You do not have to and should not answer any questions or give a recorded statement unless specifically instructed to by your attorney.

Warning: These representatives and investigators are often relentless in trying to persuade injured people, their families, and co-workers, to cooperate with their investigations. We cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of having YOUR own attorney to represent you regarding the investigation of the facts concerning your injury, rather than the company’s or insurance carrier’s. Again, refer them to your attorney!

Q: What will it cost me to call Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD for advice about my accident?

A: Absolutely nothing! Even the telephone call is FREE. Call us on our toll-free number (800) 722-9744 for your FREE consultation with one of our injury attorneys.

Q: Why do I need a personal injury attorney if the adjuster is willing to deal with me?

A: The insurance adjuster will always want to deal directly with you! They know that you are inexperienced in handling insurance claims, the law and your rights when compared to dealing with an experienced injury attorney. Although you may be very sharp and intelligent, you most likely do not have the years of experience to know all the issues of your case or what it may potentially be worth.

An insurance adjuster will attempt to sway you away from hiring an attorney by telling you that an attorney will take a portion of your recovery. Although attorneys need to get paid for their services, an attorney generally obtains a higher verdict for you than you could receive on your own. This is because an attorney skilled in personal injury law is experienced in the critical aspects of negotiating and what your case is potentially worth. In addition, insurance companies know that if you hire a trial attorney who is not afraid to take your case to court, they may have to litigate your case, which is something they typically don’t want to do.

An insurance company will virtually never make the same offer to you that they would to an attorney who practices personal injury law. For more information about how an attorney can help you with your personal injury case, call Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD at (800) 722-9744 to schedule your FREE consultation with an experienced injury attorney today.

Q: I was recently injured in a car accident caused by another driver, how much compensation would I be entitled to collect?

A: The at-fault driver and their insurance company are almost always required to pay compensation to the victims of accidents that they have caused. The amount of compensation that victims can receive depends on a number of factors:

  • The presence and severity of accident specific related injuries
  • The extent and length of any medical treatment needed to treat the accident specific related injuries
  • Whether the victim has accrued lost wages due to missed work
  • The amount of emotional pain and suffering
  • The skills and experience of the attorney representing the injured victims

As soon as is reasonably possible, you should then consult with an attorney that is experienced in handling car accidents so that you can receive specific legal advice regarding the proper steps that should be taken to protect your legal rights.

For more information about how an attorney can help you with your personal injury case, call Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD at (800) 722-9744 to schedule your FREE consultation with an experienced injury attorney today.

Q: My child was recently involved in a car accident as a pedestrian. Who can be held liable?

A: Because vehicles are much larger and heavier than people, car and truck drivers have a responsibility to exercise extreme caution whenever pedestrians are present. For this reason, drivers are almost always at fault in a collision with a pedestrian. The stakes are even higher when a child is involved.

The best way to learn about your family’s rights after a pedestrian accident is to consult with an attorney that is experienced in handling pedestrian accidents so that you can receive specific legal advice regarding the proper steps that should be taken to protect your legal rights.

For more information about how an attorney can help you with your personal injury case, call Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD at (800) 722-9744 to schedule your FREE consultation with an experienced injury attorney today.

Q: I’ve been bitten by a dog. What should I do next?

A: Immediately get your injuries seen by a physician to determine if you need stitches, surgeries and / or treatment for rabies. Get all the information you can about the dog and its owners.

As soon as is reasonably possible, you should then consult with an attorney that is experienced in handling dog bites so that you can receive specific legal advice regarding the proper steps that should be taken to protect your legal rights.

For more information about how an attorney can help you with your personal injury case, call Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD at (800) 722-9744 to schedule your FREE consultation with an experienced injury attorney today.

Q: What if I am hit by an uninsured or underinsured motorist?

A: In most cases, when you are hit and injured by a negligent driver, their insurance company pays your damages. This financial compensation may cover your medical bills, lost wages, replacement services (housework, yard work, driving kids, etc) and more.

However, if you are hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver, the reality may be more difficult. If you know a negligent driver has no assets, you can file a suit against your own insurance company to cover the losses. If you carry extra coverage for uninsured and underinsured motorists, your insurance company is expected to cover the damages of the accident. If you live in a no-fault state like Florida, your insurance company must cover you.

Insurance companies will be vigilant to ensure that they are not paying out any more than they have to. If you have been injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver, you will most likely need an experienced attorney on your side.

The most important thing is the health of the injured and accordingly you should first seek immediate medical assistance from a competent medical doctor or local hospital. If need be, have an ambulance take the injured to the hospital directly from the scene of the accident.

Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD. Offers a FREE application for iPhones and Android based cellular smart phones that will help you immediately collect pictures and the necessary information needed to document the accident and communicate the information directly it to our attorneys. See the left panel on our home page to scan the QR code that will allow you to download our FREE app.

Make sure that an accurate history is given to the medical professional regarding the injuries related to the accident or on the job incident. As soon as is reasonably possible, you should then consult with a attorney that is experienced in handling personal injury and Workers’ Compensation matters so that you can receive specific legal advice regarding the proper steps that should be taken to protect your legal rights.


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