Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

When you or someone close to you is seriously injured, the questions often come in bunches. Some of them are immediate and practical, such as how you will pay the medical bills. Others are more open-ended, such as asking how fully you can recover from the injury.

At Johnstone & Gabhart in Charleston, our personal injury lawyers can answer all of your questions and advocate for the full and rightful compensation you need to rebuild your life after a serious injury. We serve clients in West Virginia and neighboring states.

Give us a call to arrange a consultation to discuss your specific circumstances or complete our online form. We have also provided this FAQ to help you get started in understanding your circumstances and legal options.

Q; Do I need a lawyer?

A: A proven personal injury attorney can play a critical role in asserting your right to seek compensation after a serious accident or other injury caused by negligent or wrongful conduct.

Sure, you could take a big chance and try dealing with the other side's insurance company on your own. But with so much at stake, you will likely have more peace of mind knowing that an experienced personal injury attorney is on your side, protecting your rights and seeking justice on your behalf.

Q: How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

A: Many personal injury attorneys take cases on a contingent basis. This means that you don't pay attorneys' fees unless the attorney succeeds in helping you obtain compensation.

Our firm is among those that take cases in this way. We won't bill you for our time unless we recover compensation for you.

Q: How long will it take to get compensation for my injuries?

A: How long it takes to resolve your claim for compensation depends to a great extent on the particular facts of your case. If the facts are complex, such as in many medical malpractice cases, it may take quite awhile to settle the case or bring it to trial.

What is certain, however, is that taking legal action is often the only way to obtain the justice you seek. With a proven personal injury attorney pressing your claim, you can be confident that your interests will be protected while the timeline of the case unfolds.