Frequently Asked Questions By Virginia Drivers Facing DUI or Reckless Driving Speeding Charges
Below are some initial questions many clients have when they first contact Bob Battle Law. The questions below may address many initial concerns you may have. If you don’t find the answers here, you should contact us for answers to questions specific to your case. The consultation is free.
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What is my case worth?
It depends on how severe the injuries were. The question that you need to ask yourself is “Have I lost anything that can’t be replaced?” If all that you’ve lost is your car, or maybe a day or two at work, then you are probably feeling a sense of anger more than anything else. An insurance company will foot the bill for property damage or some minor medical costs. It’s when the injuries are severe enough to cause long term disabilities that the insurance companies tend to get tight fisted. In the case of severe injuries, you have to factor in things like lost income, lost future earnings, medical expenses, and emotional distress, should the situation call for it.
A personal injury lawyer contacted me in the hospital and guaranteed a huge settlement. Why should I hire you?
You don’t have to hire me, but you ABSOLUTELY shouldn’t hire that lawyer. Personal Injury attorneys that haunt hospitals and guarantee settlements are behaving unethically, and are probably gunning for way more than their fair share of your settlement. No principled attorney would offer a guarantee to a client.
The insurance company says that I don’t need a lawyer to settle this. What do you think?
The first thing that you should understand about insurance companies is that they want to get out of this situation with as little damage to their bottom line as possible. That’s true with your insurance company, and it’s especially true of the insurance company of the person that caused your injury. To clarify that point, 2005 was a year of record profits for insurers of all types, despite the billions of dollars worth of damages caused by Hurricane Katrina. Insurers didn’t earn those record profits by writing a lot of checks. So they will do everything they can to avoid deep financial responsibility, including offering you lowball settlements that wont reflect your needs, outright denial of responsibility, and stalling you into accepting bad deals. If your injury requires long term medical care, you have no business talking to an insurance company without a lawyer. Through years of experience and dealing with insurance companies, Bob Battle knows a fair and adequate settlement when he sees it. If you have received one, he’ll tell you. And if you haven’t, he’ll do his best to see that the insurers live up to their responsibility.
How long is all this going to take?
It’s hard to say. Some insurers have a “take no prisoners” attitude and will go all the way to trial even if the evidence against them is overwhelming, and some will be able to see the writing on the wall and offer reasonable settlements. A trial can take years to reach a conclusion, and even a settlement can take months. You should know beforehand that this will take time, and that you will need patience. But you should also know that you will never be left in the dark, and that Bob Battle will keep you fully involved in every step of the process.
How much is all this going to cost ME?
If you felt the need to contact a personal injury attorney, we can just go ahead and assume that you have suffered enough. Our initial consultation is free, and if we determine that you have a case, you won’t pay us a cent unless we get you good results. Our fee is based on a percentage of your settlement or judgment.
Can you guarantee that I will be acquitted/win my case?
There are no guarantees in a courtroom. In fact, any lawyer that offers you such assurances is behaving unethically, and you should rethink your intentions to retain his services. What you will get from me is the promise that I will place all of my considerable skill and experience towards achieving results that will be satisfactory to you.
It's only a few points and a fine. Why hire an attorney?
A few points and a fine are all the incentive that an insurance company needs to either raise your rates to ridiculous levels or drop you altogether. Those fines and points have serious financial repercussions that can take years to resolve.
I took a breathalyzer test and failed. What good would an attorney do in such a cut-and-dried case?
Not every case is exactly the same. Having an attorney that can properly analyze the facts of the case and the sequence of events could (in a best case scenario) earn you a “not-guilty” verdict, or have the charges reduced. This could be the difference between jail time and facing consequences that are manageable. Also, there are certain legal defenses which do not even consider the breath result. In Motions alleging that the Officer did not have "reasonable suspicion" to stop your car or "probable cause" to arrest you, your subsequent breath result is not considered by the Court in its ruling.