The following information includes frequently asked questions surrounding personal injury and wrongful death. The answers are general in nature and do not apply to every situation. Each case is unique. By contacting Timothy P. Kottemann, Attorney at Law, you will receive a personal consultation regarding your specific legal claim at no cost (228) 207-3345.
1. What is a personal injury?
Personal injury is any physical mental or emotional injury to a person that results from actions or failure of another person or entity. This is often called negligence. Personal injury involve civil law as opposed to criminal law, with different legal burdens and manner of proof. Personal injury can be caused by a wide variety of factors. The following are some of the most common incidents resulting from personal injury: - Auto Accidents; - Other Vehicle Accidents (Aviation, Truck, Motorcycle, Boat, Jet-Ski, Bicycle, etc.); - Construction/on the job injuries; - Dangerous or Defective Products; - Medical Malpractice (Misdiagnosis, Surgical error, Birth injuries); - Nursing Home neglect and abuse; - Premise Liability, including slip and fall and inadequate security; - Toxic Exposure; - Spinal Cord Injuries; - Traumatic Brain Injury.
2. What Financial compensation can I recover?
Personal injury victims are entitled to recover monetary damages for all losses and expenses sustained as a result negligent acts or negligent failures to act by others. Depending upon the particulars of your case damages may include the following: - Medical bills, both past and future; - Lost income, including past and future wages; - Pain and Suffering; - Physical disability; - Disfigurement; - Emotional Trauma; - Mental disability; - Loss of enjoyment of life; - Property loss.
3. What makes death wrongful?
Wrongful death provides financial compensation to the family or relatives whose death was caused by the negligent willful or wrongful act of another. Some situations are; - Medical malpractice resulting in patient's death; - Nursing home neglect or abuse resulting in death; - Auto, bus, train, airplane, or other common carrier which results in death; - Occupational exposure to hazardous conditions asbestos industrial incidents explosions resulting in death; - Death during a supervised or guided activity (field trip, recreational activity, etc.).
4. How do I pay my legal fees?
I take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means if there is no monetary recovery you owe nothing for my services.
5. How do I pay the expenses of a case?
In most cases I as attorney of record will advance expenses of the case and I will be paid back by you when there is a recovery.
6. How do you decide whether to take my case?
I look at each case individually as it comes into the law office. If I believe I can make a difference and help you or a loved one I will take the case.
7. How much is my case worth?
I don't make promises I get results. It is my job to see you get justice and to maximize your recovery.
8. Will I need to be at the trial?
Yes, if there is a trial you must be present in the courtroom. Sometimes people who are catastrophically injured it is impossible for them to be there at all times.
9. What is a deposition?
It is your statement under oath before a certified court reporter. When your deposition is taken I will be there with you. It is likely I will depose the defendant, their employees in your case to discover their defenses, if any.
10. Will you speak with me before settling my case?
Yes, we will never settle a case without my clients expressed consent. Whenever settlement negotiations are initiated by either party you will be informed, and only with your full participation advice and consent that your case will be compromised and settled.