When you contact us, we will try to personally assist you with your case. If we are unable to personally help you in your state, we will refer you to a firm in your state or region that handles your type of case. These types of cases need to be handled by lawyers whose law practice focuses on personal injury cases. Because of the enormous expenses in litigating these cases, the law firm will review your medical information "in-house," review the facts and circumstances around the injury, and then decide whether you have a potential case. These types of cases are handled on a "contingency fee" basis. This means the firm is paid a percentage of the entire recovery if successful in obtaining a monetary recovery for you. There are not many individuals who can provide $20,000.00 or more (sometimes a WHOLE LOT more) to a lawyer to even investigate and litigate their potential case. In a contingency fee case, the risk of loss is always on the lawyer. If the case is unsuccessful, it is the lawyer/law firm that loses its money and not the client. Most cases involving a contingency fee are calculated at 50% / 50% after expenses of litigation.
In some fact situations, I and other attorneys can charge a reduced contingency fee percentage based upon the facts. Those decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. You should know that other expenses, such as medical bills incurred for your care, are not included in litigation expenses. Litigation expenses are the actual cost of preparing and litigating your case: such as court fees, depositions, expert witnesses, phone, postage, costs in obtaining medical records, costs in travel and lodging if necessary in your specific case (some manufacturers of defective products are overseas in other countries). To give you an example of exactly how expensive litigating a simple personal injury case can be, we had a client who suffered $1,200.00 in actual medical expenses but the engineering expert who worked throughout the case and appeared at the trial cost over $26,000.00!
To put it bluntly, we and lawyers working on your case are risking, gambling if you will, our own money in preparing and presenting your case to a jury with the belief that your case and our skill and ability will allow the jury to award you significant monetary damages. If we lose, you are not responsible for any of the bills that were created by the litigation (the expenses prepaid by the lawyers), but we, as lawyers, lose all of our money - money that we will never recover from your case. It is the removal of this litigation financial risk from the client that is the reason why higher contingency fees are charged. Furthermore, I want to make clear that there is absolutely no lawyer who can guarantee any result in your case. However, we can promise that we will do our best and put the “burden” on ourselves by taking all of the litigation financial risk. Insurance companies make money taking people’s monthly premiums, NOT by paying 100% on every claim. You can look at all the warm and fuzzy commercials you like, but the reality is that insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying it out. This is why litigation is an adversarial process, we literally fight each other every step of the way. So now the next question: what is a lawyer or attorney going to do for you?
Our job is to seek damages or monetary recover from the negligent party or parties involved. One of the damages that attorneys try to recover for a seriously injured clients is money to fund a "Life Plan" - a plan that identifies the economic, medical, psychological and other needs of a person based upon his or her condition for the rest of their life. These cases usually represent the most traumatic injuries. In other cases Attorneys seek damages for medical bills, pain and suffering and any future medical care, psychological care, rehabilitation, loss of wages, loss of consortium, future mental anguish and pain.
When you contact us you need to know that there is no guarantee that you have a case, that you will win your case, or that you will recover any specific amount of funds to assist you or your loved one - but if you do not at least TRY to see if you have a potential case - you are depriving yourself of knowing that all has been done that could have been done. There are no legal fees or legal expenses that are required to be paid unless the case is successful. The financial risk of loss is on our firm. And in some of the most traumatic cases it is not unusual for several lawyers and their firms will “pool” or “team up” together to represent you.
A crucial legal matter you need to remember, regardless of whom you hire to assist you is that your ability to sue those persons or corporations for damages is limited by a "statute of limitations". This is a statute or "rule" that requires you to file your lawsuit in a court of law within a specific time frame or you will never be able to seek compensation. Every state has it's own statute of limitations. You must ACT IMMEDIATELY to protect your rights.