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Oklahoma Lawyer Bill Vassar answers your Frequently Asked Questions

If I live outside Oklahoma City, will you be able to come to me?

Even though my office is located in northwest Oklahoma City, my practice is statewide. Of course we will come to you, wherever you live in Oklahoma.

Do I have to hire you if I take you up on your free consultation?

No. This is a no-obligation consultation. Every day we receive inquiries from Oklahomans just like you, who think they may need the help of a vehicle accident or personal injury attorney in Oklahoma.

How do you charge clients?

We work on a contingent fee system. You are not charged a fee unless we make a recovery for you. This means you pay no money up front. We put in all the expense, time and energy your case requires without any up-front money paid by you.

How long does it take to reach a settlement?

This is our most frequently asked question. Each case is different. We will not make any attempt to settle or try your case until you have completed all the treatment you need and we have fully worked your case to our satisfaction. Obviously, complicated fact situations or treatment options will extend the length of your case. As a general rule only, a case can take from four months to slightly more than one year.

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Do I have a case?

We won’t know until we talk with you and gather some basic facts. Like doctors who need to examine a patient before making a diagnosis, we need to talk with you and examine the circumstances of your accident. That’s why we offer a free consultation.

What do I do if an insurance adjuster offers me a settlement?

It’s always in your best interest to contact an attorney first. Adjusters work for the insurance company — not for you — and their job is to settle the matter for the lowest possible expense to the company. A lawyer’s expertise is vital for accident victims when an adjuster is trying to settle a case.

Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company?

No. We recommend that you talk with a lawyer first before you talk with an insurance company, even your own.

What is the value of my injury case?

This is the most commonly asked question and the most difficult question to answer. In general, personal injury cases have five categories of recovery: 1) Pain and suffering, 2) Past lost wages or salary, 3) Loss of future earning capacity, 4) Past medical bills, and 5) Future medical bills.

Insurance companies and their lawyers attack claims in each of these categories. That’s why it’s important to hire an attorney who is familiar with these types of cases and handles them regularly.

You probably still have questions regarding your case, so give us a call. Your first consultation is free, and you make no payment until we win. We’ll come to you, and we’ll fight for you. Get help now at (800) 522-9443.