Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

You will never pay my fee directly; only the insurance company or responsible party will pay my fee. I do not recover anything unless you receive a settlement or a verdict at trial. The attorney’s fee includes all my time on your case and all my legal work for you. You do not pay for my time by the hour. Your case may involve expenses, which would be paid back out of the settlement or a verdict. If we do not prevail, I will never ask you to reimburse expenses.

That depends on your case. At the very least, I will need your name and contact information, the name of the potential defendant, and the date and location of your injuries. If you have medical records or a police report in your possession, that will be helpful as well. Insurance documentation can also be helpful to have at the start. I can help you figure out exactly what information we will need to pursue your claim.

That depends! Claims can vary widely depending on your injuries and what or who caused them. Once I know more about your case, I will be able to give you an estimate. Be cautious with attorneys who promise a case value or guarantee you a settlement number; they are probably just trying to sell you. Every case must be decided on its own merits. Ultimately, you will decide whether or not to accept a settlement offer, so you are the one who decides what your claim is worth.

That depends on how you were injured and where your injuries occurred. States have different statutes of limitations that limit how long you have in order to file suit. When considering whether to pursue a claim, talking to an attorney as soon as possible is always preferable to maximize your options.

It typically depends on your claim, but you are often able to claim medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Sometimes, additional damages are available.

Sometimes you can. I would recommend consulting with an attorney before communicating with your insurance company, and I DO NOT charge for such consultations. I would not settle your claim without at least consulting with an attorney.

Typically, you will need evidence of both what occurred and how it impacted your life. Medical records, medical bills, police reports, photographs, witness statements, and sometimes expert testimony may all be needed. I can both help you determine what evidence you will need and how to make sure it would be admissible in front of a jury if your case were to proceed to trial.

It depends and can vary widely. Some cases may be done in as few as a few months, while others may take years. It depends both on the circumstances of your case and your injuries.

All communications with me are protected by attorney-client privilege. Certain aspects of your case may be publicly available, for example, if a suit is filed. Often, settlements are confidential. 

You can definitely pursue claims for such product liability actions. Often, more than one company may be responsible for your injuries. I can help you determine who may be responsible.

Experience and judgment are both absolutely necessary. You also need an attorney you can trust.

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