Personal Injury Claims

How do I know your firm is good?

We have handled thousand of personal injury claims over the last 35 years and collected 10's of millions of dollars for our clients. We have attorneys who have been recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. None of our attorneys have ever been disciplined for unethical conduct. Finally, most of our cases come from referrals from clients, other attorneys, and even judges.

How much do you charge?

We generally charge a reduced contingency fee of 25% instead of the standard 33% that most law firms charge. We offer a reduced contingency fee because we keep our costs low by not advertising on television. As is customary, if we do not get a financial recovery for you, we do not charge a fee.

Do you represent insurance companies?

No. We work only for injured people.

Why do I need an attorney?

Injury claims have become increasingly complicated because of changes in the law to liability, damages, and recovery rights of insurance companies. Furthermore, insurance companies make money by paying out as little as possible to injured people. Those represented by attorneys often get 2-3 times more money than those who do not have an attorney.

How long do I have to decide before pursuing a claim?

The law requires that personal injury claims be commenced within three years. However, in claims made against a city, county, or school, a notice of claim must be filed within 120 days of the accident. If you have any doubt as to the time to file a claim, you should immediately consult with an attorney.

When should my case be settled?

Generally speaking, a claim should not be settled until you have been released from medical care or your doctor has indicated that you have reached a healing plateau. It is important to follow your doctor's recommendations. If you have sustained a permanent injury, a doctor will usually write a report addressing any restrictions and future treatment needs.

What is my claim worth?

Each case is unique and the value of one claim is often different than another claim. No attorney should tell you what your claim is worth until you have been discharged from treatment or reached a healing plateau. Factors that determine the value of your claim include the degree of comparative negligence, the extent of the injury, the duration of the treatment, lost wages, and whether a permanent injury occurred.

Should I use my health insurance or medical payment coverage under my own auto policy?

Always utilize your own health insurance first. Often times a significant reduction can be negotiated with the health insurance company. If you have medical payment coverage, we recommend that it be used for co-pays and out of pocket expenses.

What do I say when bill collectors start calling?

Do not ignore their calls. The last thing you need is your credit rating ruined because of an accident that was not your fault. Some medical providers accept letters of protection. Most will set up small payment plans instead of sending your bill to a collection agency.

Will my case go to Court?

Probably not. Most cases settle before a lawsuit is filed. However, if you are not being treated fairly, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit to protect your rights.