The legal process can sometimes be complicated, intimidating, and confusing. Our team is here to help you navigate it. Below we’ve outlined the legal process and provided some helpful tips and links to guide you.
First, heal yourself. The most important thing for you to do after personal injury or the death of a loved one, is to heal. We’ll do everything we can to ease the legal process so you can focus your time and energy on the healing process.
Keep track of the details. The more you share with us, the more we can do to help. First, we’ll complete an investigation of your case. You can help us accomplish this by turning over all documents related to the incident, your injuries, and treatment, including names of witnesses, photos, medical bills, receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, etc. You’ll also need to keep a record of your injuries as completely as possible.
Be aware of your conduct. You should not discuss your case with anyone, in any way. We cannot stress too strongly that you not discuss this matter with anyone but your attorney or immediate, trusted family. It’s also our strong recommendation to cease all social media communications (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), as this material could be used against you.
The litigation process:
1. Initial meeting: The process begins with an open and candid discussion with our legal team about your case.
2. Retain your lawyer: If we believe you have a legitimate case, with no conflicts of interest, you can retain one of our lawyers by signing a written contract.
3. Investigation: Now the investigation process begins. Our legal team will review the details of your case and prepare for court.
4. Insurance discussions: We’ll handle all discussions with your insurance agency and the defendant’s insurance carrier.
5. Settlement negotiations: We’ll begin the evaluation and settlement phase of your case and make an offer to settle the case with your desired outcomes.
6. File a lawsuit: If a reasonable agreement cannot be met, we’ll move forward and file a lawsuit on your behalf against all responsible parties.
7. Formal discovery: You ‘ll be sworn under oath and questioned about the facts surrounding your case.
8. Mediation: A mediator will try to seek middle ground between both parties to settle your case without going to trial. Nearly half of all cases are settled during this phase.
9. Trial and verdict: If a settlement is not reached, your case will be taken before a judge and jury. Your rights will be protected and your medical records will be kept confidential.
“How long will my case take?”
Every case is unique. One of the most important factors in the length of your case is the treatment your injuries require. We will make every effort to move your case along with regard to all the other factors for which we do have some control, always keeping in mind that some aspects of your case need efficient, but significant, time and consideration.
“What is my case worth?”
This will depend on the nature of your injuries, the amount and types of treatments these injuries require, and how well your injuries heal.
“How much is your fee?”
We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis. This means we are only compensated if and when your case resolves. In most cases, our fee is one third of the total recovery.
If at any time you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to listen, to offer guidance, and to help you recover.