FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions ( FAQ ) about The Law Offices of G. Patrick Jacobs. Most are general questions, and the answers that we have supplied may not apply to your case. More specific questions can be answered by contacting our personal injury lawyers in West Virginia.
We specialize in car accidents, wrongful death, and more. Our personal injury lawyers can answer any questions about injury and disability cases.
What is a personal injury case?
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or misconduct, you may be eligible to pursue a personal injury case. Our personal injury lawyers have settled a variety of personal injury cases in West Virginia including medical malpractice, car accident injuries, slip and fall injuries, and more.
What is a “statute of limitations?”
The statute of limitations is defined as the period of time during which you can file a claim for a given kind of case. This statute varies based on the state in which you are filing a suit and the violation that has been committed. For example, a victim must file a West Virginia medical malpractice case within two years of the time that he or she knew the medical malpractice had been committed. If more than two years pass before a claimant comes forward to file their case, the case will be barred and the claimant will not be able to receive compensation. Again, the statute of limitations differs depending on the type of case. If you believe that you have been the victim of personal injury, you should contact our lawyers in West Virginia as soon as possible to learn more about the statute of limitations in your particular case.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
n the majority of cases, personal injury lawyers at Jacobs Law Office will take your case on a contingency basis. This means that if we do not win your case, our services are free. If, on the other hand, we win your case, our fees will be taken as a percentage of your compensation. Our office will initially pay the expenses of your case, which include hiring witnesses, compiling evidence, and other associated costs. If we win your case, our firm will take these expenses out of the recovery. Thus, choosing to come into our office for a consultation will cost you nothing. If you believe that you are a victim of personal injury, contact our office immediately.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is negligence by a medical professional that causes injury. Negligence in medical malpractice cases is defined as any breach of the standard of care that another reasonable, equally qualified medical professional would have provided. When a medical professional’s negligence leads to a patient injury that would otherwise not have occurred, he/she may be guilty of malpractice.
Can I afford to hire an attorney?
In most cases, personal injury lawyers do not charge any fees upfront. Instead, you will be charged on a contingency fee basis, which means that if you win your case, the lawyer will be entitled to a percentage of your award. If you do not win your case, you pay nothing. As for the expenses of your case (such as hiring medical experts to testify and obtaining medical records), we will pay the fees initially. If you win your case, the firm will be reimbursed for their expenses out of the recovery.
Will you take my case?
This question can only be answered once you have described your experience in detail to one of our personal injury lawyers. At Jacobs Law Office, we must feel able to establish a number of conditions in a court of law to take your case. We can only make this determination once we have heard your individual case in detail during a free consultation. Fundamentally, we must be able to establish that a third party has been unreasonably negligent and that the negligence has been the cause of your injury. If you feel that you have experienced personal injury due to the negligence or recklessness of another, contact our office to schedule a consultation. From there, we can determine whether our firm will represent your personal injury case in court.