Individuals often find themselves in a law firm during one of the most challenging times of their lives. Adding to that stress, are questions about the process of working with an attorney. Below we answer some of these most pressing questions.
Who will handle my case?
At Panter Panter & Sampedro, the attorneys handle your case. You have the right and ability to speak to Mitch Panter, Brett Panter, David Sampedro, Al Del Risco, or Josh Wintle. What differentiates us from other firms is the personal attention our attorneys provide to our clients. You will always have access to your attorney, not a voicemail or assistant.
How long will my case take?
Each case is different and therefore, there is no average timeline for a case. Each has its own circumstances and facts which help in this determination. Most cases can be resolved “pre-suit” which means that a lawsuit is not filed. When this is the case, we must wait for the client to complete their medical care and treatment and reach what is known as Maximum Medical Improvement. This does not mean that you are 100% recovered or better, only that the doctors have done all that they can to get you to the point of completing the treatment plan. On average, this can take three to six months. If there are medical complications or issues such as surgery, or invasive procedures, then this time will be longer. When a lawsuit is filed in our current post-covid environment, the time is dramatically extended from more than a year to up to three years, depending on a variety of factors. To review, each case is different and we do our best to effectively represent our clients to reach the maximum recovery in the quickest time possible.
Will my case require a lawsuit?
Whether or not a case goes to trial is decided on a case-by-case basis. Most cases are resolved “pre-suit” which means that a lawsuit is not required or recommended. We do our best to resolve cases without the need for filing a lawsuit because it is usually the quicker, easier, and less expensive option. However, when the at-fault party or insurance company is not reasonable or denies a claim, we file suit and pursue all legal remedies available for our client. We discuss the filing of a lawsuit with our clients prior to doing so and make sure that the clients understand the implications of filing a lawsuit on their behalf.
How much money will I get?
The amount a client is able to recover depends on a variety of factors such as liability insurance as well as the damages sustained. A central issue is how much insurance coverage is available, which can come from either the at-fault party or your insurance coverage (Uninsured Motorist Coverage, Umbrella policy, and other available coverages). The next issue is the actual damages incurred by our client including economic damages (medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and out-of-pocket expenses) as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and disfigurement. Each case must be evaluated with these factors in mind to maximize compensation for our clients.
Will you communicate with me/keep me in the loop?
Absolutely. At Panter, Panter & Sampedro you will work directly with your attorney and our support staff from the initial meeting to the conclusion of your case. You will have the opportunity to meet your lawyer and their assistants and to communicate as often as you like, either electronically, telephonically, or in person. We pride ourselves on our communications with our clients. We understand that we have many cases, but you only have one case and you have entrusted us with representing you. When we say “let our family help you and your family”, we mean it!
Speak to a member of our legal team today by calling (305) 662-6178.