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Frequently Asked Questions

What will it cost to have my case reviewed?

There is no charge to review your case. You pay nothing unless we settle the case or win at trial and collect a judgment.

Will you accept my case?

We give careful consideration to which cases we accept for representation. In the review process, we often employ experts in the particular field to assist us in determining the validity of the case and the probability of a successful outcome. In the event we are unable to accept your case, we will make every effort to refer you to a well-qualified attorney whose skills would be appropriate for your particular case.

What is a "contingency fee"?

When a case is accepted on a contingency fee basis, it means you will not pay any attorneys fees unless we negotiate a settlement on your behalf and with your input or win your case at trial and collect a judgment. Should this happen, the contingency fee will be a specified portion of the recovery as explained in a legal authorization you sign with us at the beginning of your representation. There is no fee if your case does not have a positive financial outcome.

What percentage of contingency fee do you charge?

Contingency fees vary depending on the nature and complexity of your case. Our fees are standard within the industry. Please contact us to discuss your case and the applicable fee structure.

Is there any urgency to contacting a lawyer?

If you feel you have a potential legal claim, call an attorney immediately. By waiting too long, you may lose certain legal rights, as all cases have important legal deadlines, including a Statute of Limitations, among other deadlines that may apply to your case. In addition, evidence necessary to prove your case needs to be gathered as quickly as possible.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

No attorney can tell you how long it will take to resolve your case, although we conclude many cases before a lawsuit is filed. In some instances, it can take two or more years before a case is resolved. The simple answer is that all cases are different and so is the amount of time it takes to handle them.

Can attorneys loan me money?

No. It is unethical to do so. Your attorney might be able to help you arrange a loan, however.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

We strongly suggest that you speak with an attorney before doing so. Insurance companies always put their own financial interest ahead of yours, so you need to be careful about how you truthfully respond to their questions and requests.

Should I just handle my own case?

We suggest you at least speak with an attorney before doing so. You could make serious mistakes that will ruin your claim if you’re not careful. Insurance companies sometimes have time limits as short as 60 days or less in which to send them certain information. Proceed with caution.