Do I have to file a lawsuit to settle
Many claims can be settled without filing a lawsuit. If the
party at fault for the injuries has insurance, and their insurance
company will negotiate an agreeable settlement, the claim
can be settled without even filing a lawsuit. In other cases,
if the other party or their insurance carrier is not willing
to offer fair compensation for your injuries, then a lawsuit
may have to be filed seeking that you be awarded what is appropriate.
How much is my case worth?
The value of your case depends on a number of different variables
relating to what the injuries are and how they were sustained.
If you are represented by a lawyer, that attorney can weigh
those variables and compare them to what other persons with
similar cases have been paid in settlement and/or after trial
in that area.
How much is your attorney's fee?
Most personal injury cases can be taken on a contingency basis
instead of on an hourly fee. If a lawyer is paid a "contingency"
fee, that attorney is paid a percentage of what is ultimately
collected, only after a settlement or trial. This typically
means that our office only gets paid if it collects a money
recovery for you and charges no attorney's fee if it is unsuccessful
in obtaining a settlement or judgment for you. The percentage
amount depends on the type of case and will be agreed to in
writing when you first hire this office. The fee is then based
on the percentage of the gross recovery before subtracting
our costs and your medical expenses. Other cases are taken
on an hourly basis.