Frequently Asked Questions
- How much do your services cost?
- Will I have to go to court?
- If another attorney refers me to you, will I have to pay extra fees?
- Why would my attorney refer my case to you instead of handling it himself or herself?
- How long does a case take to either settle or win a judgment?
- Which attorney will handle my case?
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How much do your services cost?
You will not pay a fee unless you are awarded a monetary recovery. For most cases, we receive one-third of the award after expenses if we win your case, either by trial or settlement. For cases involving infants, the court sets the fee. Attorney compensation for medical malpractice cases is set by law and is shown below:
- 30 percent of the first $250,000
- 25 percent of the next $250,000
- 20 percent of the next $500,000
- 15 percent of the next $250,000
- 10 percent of the amount over $1,250,000
Our out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed from your award at the end of the case.
Will I have to go to court?
Usually not. Most cases or a vast majority settle before they go to trial. However, we always prepare as if your case were going to trial. Your personal needs or the circumstances involving your case may dictate whether you decide to take a settlement or go forward to trial. At such a moment, the decision is in your hands and we are there to advise you.
We are trial attorneys who are in court every day. Our firm’s more than 55 years of experience brings recognized strength and resources on behalf of your case. Defendants and their insurance companies know that we are extremely thorough in preparing a case. They know we are ready to proceed to trial. Because of our diligence, we maximize the compensation you get whether obtained by intense negotiation or a favorable trial verdict.
If another attorney refers me to you, will I have to pay extra fees?
No. There are no additional fees when more than one attorney or law firm is involved in your case. You pay only one legal fee. You receive the same amount from a settlement or judgment, regardless of how many attorneys worked on the case. All attorneys share in a single fee.
Why would my attorney refer my case to you, rather than handle it himself or herself?
We are experienced in the areas of personal injury law, malpractice, construction site accidents, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, municipal liability, lead poisoning, asbestos, and mesothelioma. Referring attorneys may be authorities in other areas of law. Many cases come from attorneys who neither specialize nor handle the types of cases we do. So they refer their cases to us.
How long does a case take to either settle or win a judgment?
We do not have a hard and fast answer to this question. The backlog in the courts usually affects the length of a case. Each county has different backlogs. We choose the best venue available based on a variety of factors. In representing you, we seek to move your case forward as rapidly as possible. Our long years of experience often help speed up the process. Based on our experience, it is likely that attorneys for the defense settle well before your case ever reaches court.
Which attorney will handle my case?
Our approach is to make each legal professional in our firm familiar with your case. First, this enables us to bring the collective knowledge and experience of the firm to bear on your case. Second, this approach helps us move your case more quickly through the court system. Third, you are always assured of reaching an attorney who is familiar with your case when you call our office.