Questions & Answers
General Inquiry Questions
How much will it cost for me to hire you?
There are NO up-front attorney’s fees or costs to hire our law firm. We also provide a FREE intake consultation to evaluate whether or not you have a case we can be your lawyers for. Our personal injury firm operates on what is called a “contingency fee” structure. Once we have decided to take your case, we begin work without you having to pay us anything. Instead, we take a percentage of the money we recover for you, at the end of the case. If we do not recover any money for your injury, we do not charge you anything for our attorney fees or costs. It’s that simple.
What is the “Statute of Limitations” on personal injury cases?
Different types of cases have different time periods within which we are required to file a lawsuit, in order to protect your legal right to recovery under Florida law. Different cases can have different statutory recovery time periods based on various circumstances and facts regarding the injury, and how or where the injury occurred. Some types of cases even require formal action within six months of the incident! Therefore, it’s best to call our office as soon as possible. Call our Intake Department to get more information on the Statute of Limitations that may apply to your potential case.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Some people try to negotiate their case with the insurance adjuster directly, thinking they will save money. Unfortunately, adjusters are trained to convince people without attorneys that they should not hire a lawyer. The adjuster then “low-balls” the injured victim, and convinces them to settle for far less than their case is worth. A lawyer is able to document and build the case, and pressure the insurance company into treating the client fairly and to offer fair compensation. Some insurance industry studies have shown that people who hire lawyers end up getting much more money that those who try to handle it themselves.
What does “no costs” and “no fees” really mean?
Personal injury firms operate on what is called a “contingency fee” structure. That just means that there are no upfront fees or costs to hire our law firm to begin working on your case. Instead of you paying us out of pocket, we take a percentage of the money we recover on your behalf, at the end of the case. That becomes our attorney fee.
If we do not recover any compensation for your injury, we do not charge you for our attorney fees or costs. It’s that simple.
You will never pay us any money out of your own pocket. We simply keep a percentage of anything we recover.
Why do personal injury attorneys have bad reputations?
This is a fair question! It’s true that personal injury attorneys have a poor reputation among the general public, and perhaps with good reason. Some attorneys in our industry operate with loose ethics, and even commit criminal acts. Solicitation by an attorney or law firm of an injury victim, for example, is a crime that happens often in South Florida.
Additionally, some law firms produce misleading advertisements that give the false illusion that injury cases are all worth tens of thousands of dollars, and the only thing that matters is the money.
Our law firm will never produce an advertisement that gives false impressions. We also do not break the laws of solicitation of injury victims.
Rather, we rely on our work results to shape our reputation among our clients and peers. Take a look at our recent case results if you’d like to learn more.
Why did you turn my case down?
There is no such thing as a perfect personal injury case, but there are general reasons why we may be unable to represent you in your case. Further, there are specific things we have to prove in order to make your case viable to pursue.
First and foremost, we must be able to prove “damages”. That means there must be a physical injury or death that occurred. In the case of an automobile crash, injuries are common, and relatively easy to prove. In the event of a sexual assault case, for example, it may be a little tougher (but we will still try!)
Second, we have to be able to identify some liability or negligence. And third, there must be some available insurance coverage for us to pursue.
How long will my case take to resolve?
Considering that every case has a different level of complexity, the time a case takes to be concluded often varies. Therefore, no exact answer can be given. Additionally, every personal injury case has aspects that are directly dependent on 3rd parties such as insurance companies and law enforcement, which can add to the time it takes for your case to be over. Often times, the greater the extent of the injuries, the more complex the case will be, and will therefore require more time to thoroughly litigate. You can generally expect us to settle your injury case in under 12 months if your case is settled without having to file a lawsuit. If your case doesn’t settle pre-suit, and we must go into litigation, the entire process can last between 12 months and three years or more.
How much is my case worth?
This is a tough question to answer, especially early in a case. Case value varies based on the clarity of the negligence against the Defendant, the severity of the injuries that have occurred, and the amount of available insurance coverage. Our goal is to handle your case with integrity, detail, and vigor, which will maximize the recovery you receive. Contact our Intake Department to ask further questions about how we determine the value of your case.
How will I get medical treatment and how will it be paid for?
Our office works with many doctors in various specialties that specialize in treating the victims of accidents. Therefore, we can help you choose the doctors that can help you. As far as paying for the treatment, in Florida, your car insurance pays the first $10,000 for medical treatment. Then, your health insurance, or Medicare, or Medicaid, might apply. Our law firm is skilled in making sure all available sources of payment are considered and used, in order to maximize the recovery to the client at the end of the case.
Are consultations really free?
Yes! A consultation with our law firm is always completely free, and completely confidential. For the majority of our cases, you do not even need to speak with a lawyer. We have a highly trained group of staff in our Intake Department whose sole function is to gather basic information about your case, which is then relayed on to a lawyer to determine whether we can represent you.
There are always three outcomes of your initial call to our law firm regarding a new case: 1) We accept the case; 2) We are unable to accept the case (and we will always give you our reason why); 3) We may refer you to another attorney or law firm that is better suited to handle your case.
We are your law firm for life! Give us a call anytime you have any legal questions at all, whether it pertains to personal injury or not. We are always willing and available to guide you in any way we can.
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The kindest, most caring and truly amazing human beings. When you are injured you find yourself most vulnerable, you need a trustworthy team to lean on. I found myself completely at ease with my team, from the beginning to the end.
— Trudy Quesada
Excellent experience. From my initial meeting, through the updates and delays, they kept me in the loop. They responded quickly to any of my status requests. They overdelivered on the amount promised.
— Walter Lopez
Everyone we met was very helpful and understood just how traumatic our experience had been. Based on what we were told initially, the case was completed much more quickly and the outcome was much better than we had expected.
— Harmon Garfinkel
Jeff, Kasten and Donald were an amazing support during a very hard time. I can’t recommend this law firm enough. They have the expertise you need when you get injured, and are looking out for your best interests.
— Marlee Brannock