Personal Injury Lawyer

What the Law Office of Alfred McDonald can do for you:

  • Help prove liability by preserving evidence and interviewing witnesses
  • Ensure you receive the proper medical care
  • Help you understand the law, including statutes of limitations
  • Help you document your injuries properly so that you receive full compensation
  • Ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled

Further, in cases of malicious intent – such as if a company knowingly markets tires it knows are defective and these tires subsequently cause injuries – auto accident victims may be entitled to punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. The Law Office of Alfred McDonald can help determine which damages you are eligible for and can help you build an effective case.

Frequently Asked Questions

What To Do if You Are in a Car Accident

Before leaving the scene of a car accident – regardless of who is at fault – it is important to collect the following information. Your personal injury lawyer will need this data to help build an effective case:

  • Names and addresses of drivers, driver’s license numbers
  • Names and addresses of passengers
  • Names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses
  • Names and addresses of registered owners of the vehicles
  • Names of insurance companies, policy numbers
  • Location of the car accident
  • How the car accident occurred
  • Whether or not any of the drivers seem to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Injuries
  • Damages to vehicles
  • Names of police officers that responded to the scene
  • Whether or not anyone admitted fault (Do NOT admit fault)
How much do you charge for a personal injury case?
We charge on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you will not pay us anything unless there is a settlement or a winning verdict at trial. Typically, when we win your case, our fee is one-third or 33.3% of the total recovery, in addition to “case costs.” For some complex types of cases, we charge 40%
How much is my case worth, and will you guarantee success?

The “value” of your case depends on many factors, such as the extent of your injury, the amount of your medical bills, and your condition after you have finished treating. The calculation also involves the ability of the other party to pay a judgment, and whether you played any role in causing the accident.

We will not take your case unless we think it has a good chance of success. Even so, there are no guarantees. All we can do is give you a fair assessment of the outcome of your case based on our experience, the injury itself, and what jury verdicts have been achieved in cases similar to yours.

My insurance agent says I can handle the case myself without a lawyer. Is this a good idea?

Since a consultation is free, it won’t hurt to ask us if we think we can help. Having worked as lawyers for many years, we have a bias against insurance companies and what they might tell you. This bias is based on our knowledge that no matter how nice insurance adjusters sound on the phone, they have one goal in mind above all others–to pay you as little as possible.

Insurance companies do not work for you. They rarely help you figure out your legal rights, and may not fully understand them. They rarely give you a fair assessment of the value of your case.

If your injuries are significant, there are several reasons why a good lawyer can help you. When you hire a lawyer who is willing to take a case to trial, value is added to your case in a number of ways. A good lawyer will seek every category of damages that applies to your case, and find ways to support those damages with evidence that will be admissible in court.

The threat of trial itself adds to your bargaining power. Make no mistake: the insurance company knows that it’s almost impossible to take a case to trial on your own.

How long will it take?

Even though many cases settle before trial, this does not usually happen until both sides have prepared the case. Generally, lawsuits take about two years from filing to trial. This can vary significantly in either direction based on the complexity of your case, the congestion of court dockets, and other factors. We realize that the collection of money owed to you is a priority and we will do all we can to resolve the case as promptly as possible. We will not however, cut corners in your representation.

Our advice to our clients? Be patient. We are always willing to tell you exactly what is happening with your case. In the meantime, you have to trust that we are working hard for you.

Can I talk to you about my case for free?

Yes. If you want to talk to Mr. McDonald about a case, just call on the phone and ask. After you have answered a few basic questions with Mr. McDonald or one of our staff members, we will be happy to discuss your case for free on the telephone or in our office. Generally, it will take only ten to thirty minutes for us to decide whether or not we can help you.

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