Frequently Asked Questions for Your Convenience

If you’ve been injured in an accident or incident of medical malpractice, need social security disability, or have been affected by a wrongful death, we know you’ve got questions. The lawyers of Traylor, Morris & Elliott have provided answers to the top questions asked regarding personal injury laws and lawsuits. Read through these FAQs and call 1-800-486-1199 for more clarification, or if your question is not listed on this page. Our representatives are standing by to help you receive the justice you deserve.

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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death FAQs

The questions below have been answered by our lawyers to help you determine whether or not you may have a case, what cases apply, and how much these services may cost. For more information or to schedule your free initial consultation, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-486-1199.

Do I have a case?
If you or a family member have been injured by the negligent or intentional action of another person (corporation or other entity), then you may have a personal injury claim.

What is my case worth?
There is no exact measure of the value of a personal injury. A case is worth what the insurance company and the injured party agree to pay and accept to settle the claim, or the amount that a judge or jury award after trial.

Are there time limits to make a claim?

There are many time limits (statutes of limitation), which may apply to personal injury/wrongful death claims. You should contact a lawyer as soon as you have suffered a personal injury or the loss of a relative by wrongful death.

What is a wrongful death claim?
A wrongful death claim may be brought when a relative has died as a result of negligence. Certain relatives may recover for loss of emotional and financial support received from the deceased.

How do I pay Traylor, Morris & Elliott?
The attorneys at TM&E handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. That means that a fee is charged only when money is recovered for the injury. Fees and costs will be discussed at the initial appointment.

Do I need a lawyer?
Insurance companies and their adjusters do not work for you; it is their job to settle claims quickly and cheaply. That may not be best for you. An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate your claim, gather medical information and present a settlement package when the full extent of your injuries is known.

Social Security Disability FAQs

Though you may not need a lawyer to claim your social security disability, a lawyer’s services will help you gather the information you’ll need and prepare you and your witnesses for your hearings. Read through the FAQs below to answer your preliminary questions and then call us at 1-800-486-1199 for more information or to set up a free initial consultation about your specific case.

What is Disability?

The Social Security Administration defines “disability” as the inability to perform substantial gainful activity due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which have lasted or are expected to last 12 months, or to result in death.

Medical evidence is considered along with the age, education and work experience of the claimant.

How do I apply for benefits?

If you believe that you are disabled, you should file an application at any Social Security Office as soon as possible.

What if I am turned down?

If your application is denied you can ask for reconsideration. If you are denied again you can request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. If the ALJ denies your claim you can request a review by the Appeals Council. If that is denied you may file a claim in Federal Court.

How much will a lawyer charge?
Social Security Administration regulations allow an attorney representative to receive a fee of 25% of past due benefits up to a maximum fee of $6,000 in most situations.

Do I have to hire a lawyer?
Social Security does not require you to have a lawyer.

What can a lawyer do to help with Social Security Disability claims?

An experienced lawyer can gather medical and non-medical evidence, prepare you and your witness to testify at your hearing and present legal arguments to support your claim.

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