How much money do I need to hire an attorney?
We work on a contingency fee, meaning that you pay us nothing to start your case. If we don't win, you don't pay! We will handle your case without any payment until your case is resolved. We only get paid if you receive a settlement or compensation for your case. Our fee for automobile accident cases ranges between 25-33% of the final recovery amount and our fee for workers' compensation cases is 25% of the final recovery amount.
Can I get medical treatment if I don't have health insurance or my case is denied?
If you need medical treatment, but do not have health insurance or your case is denied, we can still help you obtain treatment for your injuries. Our law firm knows a network of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and other specialists that will treat you even if you don’t have health insurance. We can help you find medical providers that will delay their payment of medical bills until your case is resolved.
Do I have to go to court to receive a settlement?
No, you do not. Most of our cases do not end up with a lawsuit. In every case, we attempt to reach a reasonable settlement with the insurance company. If we cannot reach a fair and reasonable settlement with the insurance company then we will file a lawsuit to obtain a verdict or settlement based on the injuries you have sustained.
How much money is my case worth?
It is impossible to calculate exactly how much compensation you will receive without looking into your situation. Your final award amount will depend on the severity of your injuries and several other factors. Discussing your case with us can give you a better idea of what to expect on your road to recovery.
Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company or defense attorney?
You are not required to give a recorded statement. In fact, we advise clients to not speak to the insurance company unless your attorney is present or has advised otherwise.
The insurance company is not on your side and will try to use things you say in the recorded statement against you. For example, sometimes injured parties will wait to seek medical treatment. If you speak with the insurance company before you seek medical treament and give a recorded statement, you will have no evidence to back your claim. Remember that insurance companies have their own interests in mind and will do their best to pay you as little as possible.
The insurance company made me an offer, should I accept it?
No! Never accept a settlement offer before discussing it with your attorney.
Once you receive settlement money, your claim is settled, and you cannot return asking for more if you need more medical treatment or additional compensation. Your attorney is the only one who can advise you objectively about a settlement offer, and whether it is best to accept it for make a counteroffer. You attorney works for you and in your best interests, so trust him to give you his best guidance.
When should I call/hire and attorney?
As soon as possible. The longer you wait to contact an attorney to represent you after you have been injured, the bigger risk you run of not being able to fully pursue your claim.
There are deadlines by which actions or claims relating to an incident must be filed. If you miss any of those deadlines, your claim could be affected or even totally dismissed by the court. Knowledge of these various deadlines, and a reliable tracking system to ensure they are not missed, is yet another reason why you should hire and attorney and not try to represent yourself.
How long will my case take?
There is no specific answer to this question because every case is different. We have had some cases settle very quickly once the client hires us and we begin negotiations. On the other hand, we have had cases last for years because we took the case to trial, and then the losing side appealed the verdict. In order to allow potential clients to make an informed decision about how to proceed with their case, we try to provide them with an estimate of how much time similar cases have taken in the past. As a general rule it is always quicker to settle a case than going to trial.
I already have an attorney. Can I choose a different one?
We know that attorneys usually have a bad reputation. But that does not mean that working with a lawyer should be a bad experience. We believe working with an attorney to resolve your car accident or workers' compensation case should be a positive experience. The relief that comes from placing some of your worries onto the shoulders of someone who has been through this before, and whose job it is to worry about paperwork and pursuing your claim while you focus on healing, can hardly be described.
If working with your attorney has not been positive experience, it might be time to consider changing attorneys. Perhaps your attorney is hard to get a hold of when you have questions? Maybe he or she doesn't seem to take your questions seriously? Or you are always speaking to a paralegal or assistant and never your attorney? These communication issues are signs that it might be time to start looking for a new attorney who is more in tune with your needs.
I've been in an accident but haven't gotten medical treatment. What should I do?
If you were injured in the accident, you should seek medical attention which is appropriate for your injuries as soon as possible. With some types of injuries, you may not experience any pain or discomfort for a day or two following the accident. In any event, if you are injured, the sooner you seek medical treatment to document your complaints and injuries, the better off you will be in the long run. Delay in medical treatment or reporting your injury may negatively affect your case and reduced the amount of compensaton and benefits you might be entitled to.