Each case is different based on numerous factors, but certain rules apply to all cases:


  • We need a reasonable offer from the insurance company. If the responsible insurance company disagrees with our evaluation of the responsibility for the accident or thinks that your damages are far less than we believe, we may have to file a lawsuit to press your rights. If this happens, it will typically take about 6 months to 1 year for the case to settle after the lawsuit is filed. If a lawsuit is not necessary, it typically will take about 30 to 60 days after all our documentation is submitted to settle your case.

This question is almost impossible to answer during the initial interview, since the
extent of your injuries and healing time have usually not been ascertained. The
following things affect the value of your case:

Probably not. The art of accident litigation is to properly assess the value of a case and then settle. Many times a lawsuit will be required prior to all sides getting enough facts to make this evaluation. If the case proceeds to trial, everyone loses because most cases cost more to try than they are worth. Both your attorney and the insurance
company know this. Every now and then in extremely large cases with serious disputes about liability, a case will logically proceed to trial. Statistically, less than 1 % of accident cases go to trial. Every case, however, needs to be worked up as if it will go to trial because the probable trial result determines the value of your case. The attorney is always willing to go to trial if necessary, i.e., the insurance company persists in an unfair settlement posture.

Our office operates on a contingency fee basis for all personal injury cases regardless of the type of accident. This means that we do not get paid if you don't. Our current rates are as follow:

NOTE: In addition to our fees as described above, any out of pocket costs that our office pays will be taken off of the top before our fee is calculated.

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