FAQs

Are you a 'no win no fee' law firm?

The majority of personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means they will not require payment unless they are able to get compensation for you, if they take your case. Then, their fee will come out of that compensation.

The Sargent Law Firm will provide a free consultation, and will charge a contingency fee, only if you receive a settlement or judgment in your favor.

Can I get medical treatment for my injuries if I don’t have health insurance?

If we take on your case and you need medical treatment, but do not have health insurance, we can help you obtain treatment. Our Idaho accident attorneys know a network of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and many specialists that will treat you even if you don’t have health insurance. Our Idaho personal injury lawyers can help you find medical providers that will delay payment of their medical bills until your case is resolved.

Do I have to go to court to recover money?

You are not alone, most of our clients have never hired a lawyer before. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to get help with your claim. After all, the situation you are most likely in is the fault of the negligent party not yours. Not all cases end up with a lawsuit. In every case, we attempt to achieve a reasonable settlement with the negligent parties insurance company. If we cannot reach a fair and reasonable settlement with the insurance company then we will file a lawsuit to obtain a verdict or settlement that is consistent with the value of your case.

Do I need to Hire a personal injury lawyer for my auto accident injury?

According to a study by the Insurance Research Counsel (IRC), people who hire a lawyer get 3 1/2 times more compensation for their car accident claim.

Insurance companies don’t want you to retain an attorney because they want to pay out the least amount possible. You get these benefits when you do hire a personal injury lawyer.

How long will my case take before I get money?

The answer to this question varies from case to case.  Cases can take anywhere from days to years. If you are in a financial situation and you need money before your case is finished we can help you with this.  We have a network of companies that will lend you money and you won’t have to pay it back until your case settles.

The process at the Sargent Law firm is very simple.  First we will do our initial fact gathering. During this stage, we will gather all the facts surrounding your case.  We will order your medical records and medical bills.  We will order the traffic collision report or police report.  When necessary, we will hire top notch experts to testify on your behalf.  We have a network of medical experts, biomechanical engineers, accident reconstructionists, economists, vocational rehabilitators, and many other experts to help us build your case to achieve a maximum settlement/verdict.

Before we submit a demand to the other side, we will want to make sure we can assess what your total damages are.  Sometimes we will need to wait until your medical treatment concludes to finish the fact gathering process.

Once we have all the necessary information and know what your damages are, we will make a demand to the insurance company or the negligent party.  This will begin the negotiation process.  Our reputation as an experienced and aggressive personal injury law firm is known by the insurance companies.  They know we will not back down and will fight to obtain maximum compensation for your personal injury case.  This allows us to get maximum value settlements for your case.  If the other side is not being reasonable, we will file a lawsuit and proceed to trial to achieve a fair result.

Even though we sometimes have to file a lawsuit, not every case goes to trial.  This is because there are various steps throughout the litigation process to settle your personal injury case.  Our Coeur D’Alene personal injury lawyer, Ryan Sargent, has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict throughout Idaho.

How much is my case worth?

You may be entitled to receive money for your damages, if you have been injured as a result of someone’s negligence. The law can afford you the right to recover money for physical injuries, medical costs (past and future), pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, inconvenience, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, and other losses. You also may be able to recover punitive damages as well. Most people believe that the insurance companies will pay you 3 times your medical expenses for your pain and suffering. This is false. The insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible to settle your claim. To help identify what type of damages you are entitled to and to fight to get them, his is why you may need a personal injury attorney. Most litigants who were hurt in a traffic accident and secure a personal injury lawyer will recoup 3 times more compensation than they would have without an attorney.

Insurance companies know they stand a greater chance of ending your case for less than what it is worth if you do not have an attorney. Our Coeur d’Alene personal injury attorneys look at all of the data to conclude what the value of your case is. Every case is different and needs to be individually evaluated to determine what the case is worth. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to speak to a personal injury attorney about how much your case is worth. We will consult with you about what your damages are and how much you may be entitled to recoup free of charge and with no commitment.

I was partially at fault for my accident, can you still help me?

The answer is yes.  In Idaho, even if you are partially responsible for an accident you were involved in you still have the right to pursue a case.  However, the amount you recover may be reduced by the percentage of responsibility you may have for the accident.  For example, if you were 25% responsible for the the car accident, than your recovery would be reduced by 25%.

Our Idaho car accident lawyers are here to help you determine if you have a case.  If you are not sure if you are at fault for your accident or the insurance company is blaming you for your auto accident, give us a call.  We offer a free initial consultation.  If we take on your case, you won’t pay us a dime until we win.

Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company?

The insurance companies always try to get a recorded statement as soon as they can after an accident.  If you have been injured in a car accident and the insurance company keeps calling to get a recorded statement then you need to seek advice from an insurance claim lawyer or a car accident lawyer .  You are not required to give a recorded statement.  In fact, our Idaho personal injury attorney advises our clients to not speak to the insurance company ever unless your attorney is present or has advised otherwise.

The insurance company is not on your side and will try to use things you say in the recorded statement against you.  For example, sometimes injured parties in auto accidents develop symptoms several days after the accident.  If you speak with the insurance company before you have developed symptoms, such as neck pain or back pain, and give a recorded statement, the insurance company will not know about these accident related complaints.  When you present your claim, they will try to make it appear as though you are not telling the truth about the neck and back complaints because they came after your statement.  It is very important to let an experienced insurance claims attorney guide you through this difficult insurance claims process.  The insurance company will do its best to pay you as little as possible.

If you have more questions and would like to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Idaho personal injury attorney, contact us today.  We don’t charge anything for your injury consultation.

What are the statute of limitations for a personal injury case in Idaho?

In Idaho, you have a specific amount of time to file a lawsuit or settle your claim or you can be forever barred from recovering anything.   Depending on who is responsible for the accident can affect how long the statute of limitations period lasts.

The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Idaho is two years from the date of the accident if the responsible party is a private party. What this means is that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit or settle your claim.

If the party responsible for your injuries is a governmental entity, then you have only 6 months to file your claim.

If the time to file a lawsuit expires you will be forever barred from any recovery.  Don’t risk losing your case.  Contact our office to speak with an Idaho personal injury attorney about your legal rights.  All consultations are free.

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