Personal Injury – Frequently Asked Questions

With over 35 years of legal experience, we have seen it all. These are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from potential clients.

How do I pay for my legal fees?

We take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that if there is no monetary recovery, you owe us nothing   for our services.2

How do I pay for the expenses of the case?

In most cases, my office will advance the expenses of the case and we will be paid back by you when there is a recovery.

How do you decide whether you will take my case?

I look at many cases. Unfortunately, we are not able to help all of the people who ask for and need our help. We look at each case individually as it comes in, as a partnership between the client and my law firm. If I believe that we can be of service to you, I will take the case. Sometimes, if I am unable to help you, I know of other lawyers who can help, and I will refer you to them.

How much is my case worth?

The value of each case is different and must be evaluated separately. I take a great deal of time to come to a proper evaluation of your case. I have been evaluating cases and representing people for over two decades. However, you must know that there is never a guarantee of any recovery.

 I don’t live in new York or Pennsylvania. How can you take my case?

I am licensed to practice in several different states. If, however, you live in a state where I am not licensed, I associate with competent local counsel and work closely with them on your case. Since we associate with local   counsel we are able to appear and practice in states where we are not licensed.

Who from your law firm will work on my case?

We have many people at any given time working on your case. I will work with you directly. There are also investigators, law clerks and word processors all working on your case. Some of these people you will never see or have contact with. But we are all working to bring your case to a successful conclusion.

How long will it take before we go to trial?

Each court in the United States differs in the amount of time it takes to bring a case to trial. Once we know what court we are in we are in a much better position to estimate the time to trial.

If there is a trial will I need to be there?

Yes, if there is a trial, you must be present.

What is a deposition?

During the course of your case you will most likely have to give a deposition. A deposition is a statement that is   given under oath before a certified court reporter. When your deposition is taken one of the lawyers in this office   will be there to represent you.

If my case settles, how long will it take before I receive money?

Typically, once a case is settled, documents must be exchanged between both parties of the lawsuit. This process usually takes 30 – 45 days, but can take longer if your case involves special circumstances.

Will you speak with me before settling my case?

Yes, no case is ever settled without your expressed consent. Whenever settlement negotiations are initiated by either party you will be informed, and it is only with your full participation, advice, and consent that your case will be settled.