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Frequently Asked Questions

Will my insurance rates go up if I pursue a claim after an accident?

This is a common concern. The answer is no. Simply because an injured person pursues a claim after an accident does not mean that his or her insurance premiums will be increased. It is when a person’s negligent or wrongful acts cause injury that his or her own insurance premiums are increased.

My insurance adjuster wants to settle and says I do not need a lawyer. Should I get one?

Remember who the adjuster works for: the insurance company. Adjusters have one goal: to settle your case for the least amount of money possible. What may seem like a fair offer to you could fall far short of any amount of money settled through a lawyer. It is a good idea to consult with an attorney before accepting any offer made to you by an insurance company.

I was injured but may have been partly at fault. Can I still recover for my injuries?

Yes. Under Alaska’s comparative negligence rules, you may still have a case even though you were partly at fault in causing an accident. These cases are very fact specific, and you should consult with an injury lawyer.

Should I get a 2nd opinion if an attorney thinks I do not have a case?

Yes. Different lawyers will see a potential case differently. Some attorneys may not be familiar with the type of case you have. If a lawyer rejects your case, it is always a good idea to seek a second opinion.

Can I change my lawyer while my injury case is pending?

You have the right to change lawyers. However, your initial injury attorney will usually be entitled to payment for services rendered up to the time of dismissal. The lawyer will be paid from the fee earned at the conclusion of the case. Your new lawyer will usually work out an arrangement whereby the fee is split between the two lawyers.

How long do I have to file my Alaska injury case?

You must file your case within the statute of limitations, a fixed period of time dictated by the law. In many injury cases you are required to bring your case within two years from the date of the event that caused the injury. For an explanation of these time limits, always consult with a lawyer experienced in these matters.

How much money is my injury case worth?

It is worth precisely what a jury of 12 of your peers would agree that it is worth. You should remember that any demand or offer in your case is simply a guess concerning what a jury will pay. In the case of the Crowson Law Group, it is a guess based upon years of experience and thousands of similar cases. An injury case that does go to trial will be decided by a jury, and the jury will consider such things as how the accident happened, what injuries you suffered, future medical problems, the amount of medical expenses, and lost income, as well as future medical costs and future loss of income. We study every detail so that we can get you the money you deserve for your injuries.

Will I have to go to court to pursue my injury claim?

Not likely. If the insurance company, when presented with our detailed, cogent summary of your case and the likely result of a trial on its merits, agrees to voluntarily resolve your claim on fair terms, we will not have to bring a lawsuit on your behalf. During this phase of negotiations we will keep you informed of all events, and will make no settlement or reject the offer without your approval. If settlement efforts are exhausted without an acceptable resolution, we will then file a lawsuit on your behalf–again, only with your approval.

Are your injury lawyers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

Yes. Each day at the close of business our phones are forwarded to an attorney to speak with clients or potential clients at their convenience.

What if I am not able to come to your office?

As you can imagine, many of the accident victims that we have helped in the past were unable to come into our offices because of injury or transportation problems. If you cannot come to our office, we would gladly send someone out to you so that we can begin working on your case immediately.

Can I meet with a lawyer?

Yes. It is our practice to have an attorney give a detailed, comprehensive consultation over the telephone, free of charge. If, after this consultation, you wish to come in to our offices for a face-to-face meeting before we begin working on your claim, we will welcome such a visit. In addition, if after we began working on your behalf you decide that you want to have a private, in person consultation with an attorney concerning your case, such a meeting will be set immediately.

How much does a personal injury attorney charge?

At Crowson Law Group:

  • There is no charge for your first visit or telephone call. All your questions will be answered and there is no obligation.
  • We never charge a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Our fee is a percentage of your recovery.
  • We will advance all costs for investigators, experts, filing fees, and other expenses associated with obtaining the maximum recovery possible.
  • If a recovery is not made, you pay nothing.
  • Our contingency fee is the industry-standard 33% before litigation.
  • We do not charge any fee for helping you settle your claim for damage to your vehicle.

How do I know if I need an attorney after an accident?

If you or a family member experiences an injury as a result of another person’s carelessness, you can benefit immediately from speaking to an Alaska injury lawyer at Crowson Law Group today. Often, the insurance company for the person who caused the injury will try to settle with you before you have an opportunity to retain an attorney. The reason for this is obvious–the insurance company knows it can probably settle the case for less money if you do not have a lawyer, since you represent no real threat of filing a lawsuit to prove your damages. If you call us today, we will immediately begin to investigate your case and obtained the necessary witness statements, documents, photographs, and other materials to protect your rights.

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