What does a personal injury attorney do?
Jonathan Gill is a personal injury attorney at Salmon Creek Law Offices in Vancouver, WA. A personal injury attorney represents individuals who have sustained physical injuries and resulting in monetary loss as a result of the negligence of another person or entity. Mr. Gill will assess your case, answer any questions you may have, and advise you of what to do and what not to do following an injury. In your free consultation, he will explain the process of advancing a personal injury case and answer all your questions.
As an experienced injury attorney, Mr. Gill understands the difficulties you may be facing with mounting medical bills, loss of employment, physical/emotional pain and suffering, and the possibility of a permanent physical disability.
Jonathan Gill has over 25 years of handling personal injury claims, trial and alternative dispute resolution experience. Contact Salmon Creek Law Offices today to schedule your free consultation.
Personal Injury DOs and DON’Ts
- DO File a police report
- DO obtain information about the people who harmed you
- DO obtain statements and contact information from witnesses
- DO obtain insurance information from other party
- DO in car crash cases, notify your own insurance company
- DO file a PIP (Personal Injury Protection) claim with your insurance company so your medical bills are paid
- DO see your doctor for all injuries sustained
- DO keep a detailed diary and keep track of all the ways the injury has affected your life
- DO contact Us to learn about the process and how to protect your rights
- DO provide your attorney with all requested information
- Do NOT ignore even a minor injury after being involved in an accident
- Do NOT talk about your case on social media
- Do NOT talk to the other party- this could discredit a legitimate claim.
- Do NOT talk to the other party’s insurance company
- Do NOT wait until the last minute to hire an attorney to assist you with your personal injury claim
- Do NOT let the statute of limitations expire – talk to an attorney about this!
Personal Injury Attorney Q&A
Q: What should I expect when I call Salmon Creek Law Offices?
A: Salmon Creek Law Offices takes pride in providing superior customer service. You can expect to be greeted by a person and not a machine. Our friendly staff will assess who you need to speak to, collect some basic information and you will receive a return call from an attorney, as soon as, possible.
Q:What questions will I be asked when I call?
A: We require the same information from all new clients. You will be asked to provide personal information, such as your full name, mailing address, and phone number. You may wish to prepare a brief timeline and a written statement to ensure you remember to share the details leading to your injury.
Q: Can Mr. Gill tell me if I have a good case during our first phone consult?
A: It is possible that Mr. Gill may form a general opinion regarding your case, but because such a conclusion would only be based upon extremely limited information (with additional information possibly being discovered later), such a conclusion cannot be guaranteed. Furthermore, we cannot place a value on your case at the initial consult. That is exclusively determined by the facts and circumstances of what happened and the nature and extent of your injuries.
Q: What does Mr. Gill charge for his services?
A: Initial consultations are free of charge. Should you elect to hire Mr. Gill as your attorney, he works on a contingency fee basis, meaning he will only get paid if he obtains a settlement or other award for you.
Q: Some law firms publish their settlements and jury verdict amounts on their website. Why doesn’t Salmon Creek Law Offices do the same?
A: Salmon Creek Law Offices place a priority on protecting the identity of our clients. Divulging facts about a case can imply who the firm likely represented.
Q: How long do I have to file my personal injury lawsuit?
A: The statute of limitations is a time line in which you must fully resolve a dispute or file a lawsuit. If the statute of limitations expires, you as the plaintiff forever lose your right to sue. In personal injury cases, the time clock starts ticking from the date of the incident or when you first discover the injury. Statutes of limitations can vary by state and type of injury. Your attorney will discuss the applicable Statute of Limitations with you at your initial consultation.
Q:How will my case be finalized?
A: Many personal injury cases are resolved with an informal settlement. These settlements are made between the parties or the parties’ representatives (such as an insurance company or an attorney). If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute, or if the statute of limitations is about to expire, it may become necessary file a formal lawsuit against the defendants and go to court.
Personal Injury Attorney Vancouver WA
If you’re injured, you don’t have to handle everything on your own. The process can be overwhelming and difficult if you don’t know the proper steps and channels to go through. Our personal injury attorneys can help. Call or contact us today for a consultation!