Q. What is the best way to set up my free injury or wrongful death consultation with Gabriela Sandoval & Associates, LLC?
A. Email Gabriela Sandoval directly at
Q. In my injury case, am I required to comply with whatever the insurance company asks me to do?
A. Your attorney will ensure you are complying with what you need to comply with while also protecting and preserving your legal rights. Do not sign any releases for the insurance company on your behalf or on your child’s behalf. Do not agree to have your conversation recorded. Your attorney will ensure the proper documentation is provided and nothing more than necessary. Ask the insurance company if they will provide you with the same things they are requesting of you — transcript of any recorded conversations they have related to the claim and if their insured will be signing releases for you. I would be surprised if you get the information in a timely manner — or at all.
Q. Do I need to reveal my previous personal health information or previous accident history to my attorney and medical providers?
A. Only if you want to have any chance at winning the verdict you need and deserve. You can lose your case for not disclosing this information. Your credibility, your lawyer’s credibility and your medical expert’s credibility will disappear if you do not disclose and do misrepresent this type of information. Your attorney needs this information so she can decide the best strategy for dealing with it during trial.
Q. The insurance company of the person who injured my child seems to be working with me and has accepted responsibility, how do I know I really need to hire an attorney?
A. Although it is a good thing that they have accepted responsibility, they are likely trying to convince you to agree to an award that is substantially less than you and your child need and deserve–especially if they are trying to get things done “quickly” and before you know the extent of the injuries and new complaints develop. Always speak to your personal injury attorney before you make any decision about your personal injury matter.
Q. How soon should I consult with an injury attorney after my injury?
A. As soon as possible after you are seen for medical treatment. The only conversation you should have with an insurance provider is to begin a claim and state that you and their insured have been involved in a collision and that you are concerned about the extent of injuries to you and your child. Provide contact information and then end the call. It is not necessary to agree to a recorded conversation about the injury at that time. The insurer should investigate the claim. Your priority is your health and well-being and ensuring your needs are assessed and monitored and that your legal rights are protected. The insurance company’s priorities are not the same as yours are and that is why you need to consult with an injury attorney.
Q. How soon should I consult with a child injury attorney after my child has been injured?
A. As soon as possible after your child is seen for medical treatment. The only conversation you should have with an insurance provider is to begin a claim and state that you and their insured have been involved in a collision and that you are concerned about the extent of injuries to you and your child. Provide contact information and then end the call. It is not necessary to agree to a recorded conversation about the injury at that time. The insurer should investigate the claim. Your priority is your child and family and ensuring your and your child’s injuries are assessed and monitored and that your legal rights are protected. The insurance company’s priorities are not the same as yours are and that is why you need to consult with a child injury attorney.
Q. How much do you charge?
A. In any type of litigation, there are fees associated with the work the attorney does as well as costs related to the litigation process itself. If you need help with an injury or wrongful death case, the attorney fee may be a percentage of your settlement or winning verdict at trial. We advance these costs on your behalf and may deduct them from your settlement or verdict. It is critically important for you and the attorney you chose to go over the fee options available and the fee and cost agreement with you thoroughly so that you fully understand your options and financial obligations. If you are seeking other services unrelated to a child injury or wrongful death case, there will be an hourly fee with a requested retainer or a flat fee. The amount will depend on what services you need and want. Hourly rates are reasonable and very competitive.
Q. Do you accept every injury and wrongful death case?
A. No, this is a small law practice and the commitment to the limited number of injured clients accepted is timely and responsive individual attention to you from the attorneys personally handling your case – every time. Gabriela Sandoval will personally consult with you so that she can determine if it is a good fit and how to proceed. She will then personally oversee every aspect of your case through trial along with any associated co-counsel.
Q. The bills are piling up and I’m considering filing for bankruptcy. Can you help me with that?
A. Always talk to your personal injury lawyer before you file for bankruptcy with a bankruptcy attorney because filing bankruptcy can have a substantial impact on the personal injury amount awarded to you. The Children’s Law Offices can assist with other methods to help you with your financial concerns due to your child’s injury or wrongful death. Be sure to consider credit counseling if you haven’t already.
Q. Will I have to prepare for trial?
A. Most likely, yes. And so will I. Litigation can be an exhausting and frustrating process for litigants. Often, the insurance company and their attorney takes advantage of that and tries to wear you down so you are more inclined to accept a low-ball settlement offer. We will make every effort to obtain the settlement you or your child need and deserve. In the event of settlement, any already scheduled trial date will be vacated. However, you must be prepared that going to trial is always a real possibility.
Q. How long will it take for my issue or court case to be resolved?
A. This really depends on your issue and the time it takes to investigate your case, fully evaluate the injuries suffered, and carry it through to either settlement or trial. It will also depend on the county the court is in, some are a bit quicker to set cases than others.
Q. My native language is Spanish. Do you speak Spanish?
A.Yes, we can correspond with you in Spanish. However, most, if not all, documents will be drafted in English.
Q. Where are you located?
A. My office, your office, and in some circumstances, house calls may be made for your convenience. My office is located in downtown Denver in the Dominion Plaza Building on the corner of 17th and Welton.
600 17th Street, Suite 2800 South
Denver, Colorado 80202
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