Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the questions and answers below to get a better understanding of what to expect from Salkow Law and the process we follow to get you the compensation you deserve.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us for an absolutely free and confidential evaluation of your case.

Before speaking with your insurance company, it is best to talk to a lawyer at Salkow Law. Remember, an insurance adjuster’s goal is to save money for the insurance company–they are not there to help you. Salkow Law will always make sure your best interests are protected.

Please let your attorney know so they can get a copy of your statement. Remember anything you say can be used against you, so it is best to let your attorney know ASAP so they can advise you about your next steps.

Do not communicate with the defendant’s insurance company. Their goal is to save money. It is best to let your attorney speak on your behalf to preserve your right to full compensation.

We work on a contingency basis. This means no ridiculous hourly fees i.e., “retainer fee.” You pay NOTHING unless you recover.

We charge nothing upfront. You only pay when you win.

California Proposition 213 limits the options for accident victims who did not have insurance at the time of the accident. While you will be excluded from non-economic damages (loss of earnings), an experienced attorney can make sure your property damage and medical bills are compensated. Because Proposition 213 cases are more complicated, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Check to see if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (“UM or UIM”) . However, if you only have basic coverage, you may still have options. Our attorneys will help guide you through your options and find the best way to proceed.

It is not uncommon for the at-fault party to flee the scene; this is called a Hit-and-Run. Many people flee because they have no insurance.

Make sure to still file a police report as this will preserve your statement and will allow the police to conduct an investigation on your behalf.

Adding uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (“UM or UIM”) to your insurance policy will help protect you in situations such as this. UM or UIM will allow your insurance to step into the shoes of the defendant and will NOT affect your insurance rates. Call us today so we can guide you through your options.

Insurance companies want to save as much money as possible. If they can find any way to justify paying you less than what your car is actually worth, that is what they will do.

The same applies for any medical treatment or costs you incur after your accident.

Allow us to help you hold them accountable for what their insured did to you. It is our goal to help you maximize your recovery for what you truly deserve.

Any law firm that tells you upfront what your case is worth is doing you a disservice. The reason being is that your settlement depends on various factors that will not be accurately calculable until a thorough investigation has been conducted.

These factors include:

  • How the accident occurred;
  • The damage to your vehicle;
  • The other party’s policy limits;
  • Your own insurance coverage;
  • Your medical treatment; and
  • Several other factors.

Simply, there is no good way to estimate the value of your case at its beginning stages. However, Salkow Law has a proven track record of getting our clients more compensation for their case than other firms are able to achieve.

Similar to firms telling you upfront what your case is worth, any law firm that tells you the exact time when your case will be over e.g., 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, is doing you a disservice. The reason being is that each case is unique and cannot be reduced down to a cookie-cutter timeline.

Several factors go into play when determining the length of your case such as:

  • How badly you have been injured;
  • Whether liability is clear;
  • Your medical treatment;
  • The other party’s policy limits;
  • Your own insurance coverage; and
  • Several other factors.

The most important factor is that we don’t want you to prematurely stop your treatment just because of a predetermined deadline. You have been injured and deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries. Also, once a settlement has been reached, the other party’s insurance will require you to sign a contract waiving your right to sue again in the future. Once signed, this will end your claim against the other party. So, it is important you get the care you need before you agree to a settlement.

As you can imagine, no two cases are alike. That’s why it is important to give us a call so we can assess these factors for you and give you options you can choose from. We promise to keep you informed throughout the process so you can make informed decisions about your case.