Frequently Asked Questions
What will it cost me to meet with an Abeyta Nelson attorney for the first time? What will it cost me to hire an Abeyta Nelson attorney?
At Abeyta Nelson Injury Law offices in Yakima, Ellensburg, or Sunnyside, your first meeting with an attorney is always complimentary and without obligation. Our “No Fee Promise”™ states that you don’t pay an attorney fee unless we win your case. By hiring Abeyta Nelson on a percentage of the amount we recover for you at the end of your case (contingency fee), you can afford to hire exceptionally qualified legal counsel to represent you against the most powerful insurance companies and corporations in America.
During our 40 years of practice, the personal injury attorneys at Abeyta Nelson have helped thousands of injured Washington residents during difficult and stressful situations. We do this by answering your questions, explaining your legal rights and options, and keeping you updated on the progress of your case. If you’re unable to come to our office, we can meet with you in the hospital or at your home.
How will I pay my medical bills following an accident or injury?
Accidents are unexpected – and so are the medical bills that come with them. Most people cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars in unexpected medical expenses, on top of paying their everyday expenses, especially if they’re unable to work for an extended time. A common misconception is that the at-fault person’s insurance company will pay your medical bills up front. In reality, the at-fault party’s insurance company isn’t required by law to pay your medical bills or lost wages up front before a final settlement, and unfortunately, that does not happen. Abeyta Nelson can often assist in getting our clients quality medical care in a timely manner and check all available resources for help in paying bills. We are often able to get payment of medical bills held until the case is settled.
How should I resolve a car accident claim?
Getting paid for the cost of repairs if your car is repairable, or fair market value if your vehicle is totaled, is a common issue for our clients. Abeyta Nelson advises our clients about how to handle the claim for damage to their vehicle. For example, if your car has been damaged in a collision, clients typically receive the amount of money necessary to repair the car to the condition it was in immediately before the accident. You may also be entitled to a rental vehicle when yours is being repaired. If the amount of money necessary for repairs exceeds the value of the car, the insurance company may choose to declare the car a total loss. You would then be offered the amount the car was worth, and will have the option to keep the vehicle for its “salvage value.”
The property damage claim is separate from a claim for bodily injuries. Abeyta Nelson does not charge a fee on the car damage portion of your claim, except in the rare circumstance where the insurer simply refuses to make a fair offer to the client and legal action is required.
Will you work with my insurance company?
Yes. When you hire Abeyta Nelson, we handle all contact with insurance companies – both the at-fault parties and yours – so you don’t have to deal with the insurance adjustors. Working with all of the insurance companies involved in your claim can be confusing and full of potential pitfalls. When you hire us, Abeyta Nelson will investigate your case, get the medical and wage loss records, negotiate claims for reimbursement by hospitals or health insurance companies, and be sure all legal deadlines are met. We’re here to protect your legal rights so you can focus on your recovery without the stress of dealing with insurance adjustors and red tape.
Certain insurance companies are known for their aggressive and sometimes misleading handling of insurance claims, delaying payment, denying valid claims, writing policies that are impossible to understand, and putting pressure on people to take settlement offers that are too low. We won’t let that happen to you. Whether it’s a personal injury case involving a car accident, workplace injury, fall, dog bite, or motorcycle accident, an experienced attorney can make all the difference in dealing with the claims adjustors and insurance companies. Our goal is to make sure that our clients are fully and fairly compensated for all their losses. We’ll take your claim to court if the insurance company fails to pay your claim in a fair and timely manner.
Contact us before you sign any insurance paperwork, before talking with the at-fault party’s insurance company, or before giving a recorded statement.
Can you help me even if I don’t have medical insurance?
Personal injury accidents are extremely stressful and that stress becomes even worse if you don’t have medical insurance. Often, clients who have been injured think that they can’t obtain quality medical care because they don’t have medical insurance and so don’t seek the crucial medical care necessary following an injury. The truth is, if you were involved in an accident and you don’t have insurance, you may be fully entitled to medical treatment without having to come up with fees up front.
At Abeyta Nelson, we work with a wide range of doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Depending on the circumstances, we can often assist in getting our clients quality medical care in a timely manner. Abeyta Nelson is a family-oriented law firm with deep roots in Central Washington, and we care about the health of the families we serve.