Giroux Trial Attorneys, P.C.

Frequently Asked Questions

You prove negligence in a personal injury claim by proving four things: 

  1. The other party owed you a duty of care
  2. The duty of care was breached, intentionally or through negligence
  3. A causal link between this breach and your injuries
  4. You sustained damages as a result of your injuries

The result of your claim (and your compensation) depends on your ability to prove these four elements. That’s why an experienced personal injury attorney is vital to winning your case.

Every claim is unique and many factors can influence whether you have a viable claim. Without knowing the details of your claim, it’s impossible to say for sure whether you have a case. The best way to figure out if you have a case is to schedule a free consultation with one of our expert attorneys.

Each personal injury case is unique, and the types and amounts of compensation available to you are determined by the unique factors of your case. 

Generally, personal injury compensation is split into two types of damages: compensatory and punitive/exemplary. Compensatory damages compensate you for your pain and suffering and economic loss, and the vast majority of personal injury cases qualify for compensatory damages. There may be economic damages (such as medical bills or property damage) or non-economic damages (such as loss of enjoyment of life), but there are a lot of potential damages within each compensatory category. Punitive/exemplary damages are intended to punish the defendant or to make an example for others and are only awarded in severe cases with evident malicious intent. 

This is a great question to bring up with an attorney at Giroux Trial Attorneys. Call us or schedule your free consultation to learn more.

If you are partially responsible for your accident, you may still be able to recover damages. However, you will not receive full compensation for them—instead, so long as your percentage of fault does not exceed 50%, you receive a percentage of your damages reduced by your percentage of fault. This percentage is a highly subjective determination, and a skilled personal injury attorney is required to ensure that you get the best possible outcome. 

This is a great question to bring up with an attorney at Giroux Trial Attorneys. Call us or schedule your free consultation to learn more.

Once you file a claim, your case will be investigated by your attorney. This is when they discover all the relevant details they need to build your case, including analyzing evidence from the scene; gathering and interviewing witnesses; and obtaining and reviewing relevant documents, photos and videos. Once they obtain such investigative materials, your attorney will speak with experts to help strengthen your claim. 

Based on this information, your attorney will calculate damages owed to you, and negotiations begin with the other parties. If you can’t reach a settlement, you may go to trial. 

An attorney at Giroux Trial Attorneys can walk you through what this process will look like for your unique case. Call us or schedule your free consultation to learn more.

An attorney can guide you through all stages of your personal injury claim—which is a lot more than just filing your lawsuit. They can help you assess your case, gather evidence, counsel you in dealing with other parties in the lawsuit--including the insurance companies; and ultimately, fight to ensure that you get the best possible outcome. For the Giroux Trial Attorneys team, that means going the extra mile and treating every client like a member of our own family. 

Every case is unique, so this is a great issue to discuss in a consultation. Schedule your free consultation to speak with an attorney about your options.

A great personal injury attorney should have extensive experience in personal injury law, specifically in cases like yours—auto accidents, medical malpractice, and so on. Look for an attorney with years of experience who has a long track record of representing cases like yours successfully. For example, they may be members of a professional organization, formally recognized by other attorneys for their work, have obtained high-value case results, or all of the above. 

The best personal injury attorney for you is one who has all of the above qualities and also makes you feel comfortable. Look for an attorney who spends the initial consultation listening to your concerns and carefully explaining how they reach certain conclusions, using terms that you can understand so that you can make an informed decision.

Yes, even if you don’t go to trial. 

Not every case needs to go to trial—in fact, you can often achieve great success before a trial is necessary. However, a trial attorney has a different focus than a settlement attorney. They understand the litigation process, know how to build a strategy, and are not afraid to fight for you. An experienced trial attorney provides you with a couple significant advantages: (1) if you have to go to trial, your case is prepared correctly; (2)a trial attorney is like a secret weapon in the negotiating process, if opposing council and his client fear the time and expense of a trial, they may settle sooner, and for a higher amount. 

A good way to assess this is to note whether the firm’s language focuses on settlements over verdicts. Settlements are reached outside of court to avoid a trial, and firms that focus on settling may not take large or complex cases that may prove difficult to settle out of court.

You only pay if you win. In other words, if you don’t win, you don’t pay. 

Most personal injury attorneys (including the team at Giroux Trial Attorneys) are paid on a contingency fee arrangement. This means that they collect their fees from the settlement or trial verdict, and otherwise, if there is no settlement, they do not collect fees. 

This is a great question to bring up with an attorney at Giroux Trial Attorneys. Call us or schedule your free consultation to learn more.

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