Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an attorney?
Every case is different, and every case has a statute of limitations. Don’t give away your rights, and don’t let too much time pass without talking to an attorney. The fact is, an independent insurance industry study found that car accident victims, on average, received three times more in compensation when they were represented by an attorney than those who weren’t. A personal injury lawyer will tell you what to do and what not to do after an accident, such as:
- Visit your doctor as soon as possible following the accident.
- Keep accurate records of everything pertaining to your case.
- Speak only to your lawyer about the case, and do not discuss your accident on any social media.
- Tell your lawyer about any fines or legal notices you receive.
Of course, the only way to know for certain is to meet with one. It usually costs nothing for an initial consultation, and any good lawyer will tell you if you don’t have a case. Blackburn and Green utilizes professional investigators, accident reconstruction experts, and other industry specialists to support your case, if needed, and we have multiple offices throughout Indiana for your convenience. Our attorneys will come to your office, to your home, or to the hospital free of charge.
How do I find the right personal injury attorney?
Choosing the right attorney is very important. The attorneys at Blackburn and Green handle only personal injury and wrongful death cases and have handled thousands of these cases. Before you choose an attorney, click here to see Ten Important Questions that will help you choose wisely.
How important is an attorney’s education and experience?
Don’t jeopardize your one opportunity for recovery. Some attorneys handle a wide range of different types of cases. Tom and R.T. have limited their practice to only personal injury and wrongful death cases. Both graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Law, and they have more than 70 years of combined experience.
How long will my case take?
Every case is different, so there is no set time for your case to settle. The following are all variables that can affect how long your case may take:
- The type of injuries you received
- How long it takes to complete your medical treatment
- How quickly your medical team responds to requests for information
- Whether your case can be settled fairly or has to go to trial
- How well you communicate with your legal team
What is my case worth?
Every case is different, and all of the details will need to be investigated before we can arrive at an estimate.
How much of the settlement will be left for me?
Some attorneys charge 40% or more of your settlement. Our fee has never exceeded a flat 33 1/3% of the gross recovery before deducting litigation and other expenses, even if your case goes to trial or appeal, and Blackburn and Green also has a Fair Fee Guarantee. If our attorney fee exceeds your net recovery of the settlement you approve, we will voluntarily reduce our fee. Click here for details.
What can I expect from Blackburn and Green?
You can expect a free initial home, hospital, or office visit. We have eighteen offices throughout Indiana for your convenience.
You can expect an attorney and staff who treat you with respect and as an equal partner.
You can expect a legal team that communicates regularly with you.
You can expect an attorney who clearly explains the law to you and discusses all possible outcomes and alternatives to solving your case.
You can expect us to notify the insurance company of your claim.
You can expect us to gather all of the documents needed to substantiate your claim, including police reports and medical records and bills.
You can expect us to contact your doctors to obtain their written reports on your medical condition.
You can expect us to collect other evidence, such as photographs and witness statements, if needed. We have a team of investigators ready to go to work for you.
You can expect us to investigate the validity of any liens on your case from doctors, your employer, or the insurance company.
You can expect us to take the case to trial in the event there is no fair settlement.
You can expect an attorney who makes decisions in your best interest, not what is easiest or most convenient for his or her schedule.