Do I have a case?
Claims involving serious injury or loss require careful investigation and analysis before a decision can be made whether to pursue a case. We will take the time to talk with you and gather the evidence to help you make a smart choice.
What should I look for in selecting a lawyer to represent me?
Ask for information about the lawyer’s education, training and experience, and ask the lawyer to tell you about his or her experience dealing with cases similar to your own. Ask if your lawyer intends to handle your case alone, and if you are told that other lawyers outside the law the firm will be asked to assist, find out what the fee arrangements will be with those lawyers.
What can I expect from my first appointment with your firm?
You will meet with a lawyer, and we will take the time to discuss your case in detail. We will also review any paperwork you bring with you. There is no charge for the initial consultation in injury cases. For other matters, such as employment law cases, you will be advised of the consultation fee before you arrive.
How is the lawyer paid?
We handle most cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that we will retain a portion of the total recovery – usually one-third – as our legal fee. If there is no recovery, we will not be paid a fee. We also offer other flat fee arrangements. We do not charge hourly fees.
Who pays for out of pocket costs while the case is pending?
Out of pocket costs are generally the client’s responsibility. While a case is pending, we usually advance expenses incurred. However, these costs (charges for medical records, long distance telephone calls, travel, court costs and expert witness fees) will be paid out of the recovery at the conclusion of the case.
How do I decide whether to settle or try my case?
You are the decision maker in your case. Before you make your decision, however, we will outline the pros and cons of each option. Your decision will be based upon the best information we can obtain relating to the value of your case.