What you should know
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Know your rights, and duties if involved in an auto accident.
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How much do you charge for a personal injury case?
We charge on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you will not pay us anything unless there is a settlement or a winning verdict at trial. Typically, when we win your case, our fee is one-third or 33.3% of the total recovery, in addition to "case costs." For some complex types of cases, we charge 40%.
What are case costs?
Case costs are money that we pay out to others in order to get your case ready for trial. Examples would be the filing fee required by the court and expenses for depositions and experts. Case costs vary depending on the complexity of the case, but we always have an up-to-date balance available if you want it.
Remember that if we do not recover anything for you, you do not have to pay back the case costs to us. This is not true of all law firms, so make sure you understand what other firms might propose to you. Of course, we will be happy to answer any of your questions about fees or costs before you decide to hire us.
How long will it take?
Even though many cases settle before trial, this does not usually happen until both sides have prepared the case. Generally, lawsuits take about two years from filing to trial. This can vary significantly in either direction based on the complexity of your case, the congestion of court dockets, and other factors.
Our advice to our clients? Be patient. We are always willing to tell you exactly what is happening with your case. In the meantime, you have to trust that we are working hard for you.
Can I talk to you about my case for free?
Yes. After you have answered a few basic questions with one of our staff members, we will be happy to discuss your case for free on the telephone or in our office. Generally, it will take only ten to thirty minutes for us to decide whether or not we can help you.
How much is my case worth, and will you guarantee success?
The "value" of your case depends on many factors, such as the extent of your injury, the amount of your medical bills, and your condition after you have finished treating. The calculation also involves the ability of the other party to pay a judgment, and whether you played any role in causing the accident.
We will not take your case unless we think it has a good chance of success. Even so, there are no guarantees. All we can do is give you a fair assessment of the outcome of your case based on our experience, the injury itself, and what jury verdicts have been achieved in cases similar to yours.