Our personal injury clients have a lot of questions, and we are always happy and available to answer them. While every case is different, many of the most common questions can be answered in a general way. That is why we developed this database of our most frequently asked questions about personal injury.

Here you can find all kinds of great information on what makes a case viable, how long cases generally take, and what it means when we say we don’t charge fees or costs unless we win your case.

What does “no costs” and “no fees” really mean?
APersonal 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.

Are consultations really free?
AYes! 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.

What makes a “good” personal injury case?
AThere 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 can I get medical treatment?
AAfter an car crash or slip and fall, or any other injury, it’s extremely important that you get checked out by a medical doctor immediately. Not everyone has the financial means or proper insurance to be able to do that.

Our law firm has a solution: it’s called a Letter of Protection, or LOP. The LOP is an agreement between our law firm and a doctor’s office that allows you to receive treatment right away, without having to pay any money out-of-pocket now. The LOP “promises” that the doctor will be paid at a later date for their services, but only if we are able to secure compensation for the injuries.

The LOP takes away the worry of having to lay out cash to get treated immediately for your injuries. And that treatment is an extremely important to the successful recovery in your personal injury case.

Why do personal injury attorneys have bad reputations?
AThis 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.

When you consider what the general public sees in mass advertisements, it’s no wonder the reputation of lawyers is soiled.

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.

Personal Injury FAQ Videos with Craig Goldenfarb

Browse the Video Playlist

As you know, we love to provide valuable information to our current and prospective clients on all matters and topics relating to personal injury. And there’s no better way to deliver that information these days than with video.

In this playlist, Craig covers more general questions our law firms hears from concerned clients, such as:

  • What are “lawyer referral services”?
  • What happens after you call our office
  • Why you don’t have to be “the suing type” to hire a lawyer
  1. January 30, 2018

    How often do you update your clients on the status of their case?

  2. January 30, 2018

    How long will my case take?

    • February 9, 2018

      Hi Trevor – that question is always a difficult one. The truth is, all cases are different. Some cases take as little as six months, and others as long as three years. It all depends on the complexity of the case, the extend of injuries, length of treatment, and whether liability is contested. If liability is contested, the case may go into litigation. The good news is, you’ll always know, because our paralegals and attorneys are trained to stay in touch with you regarding the progress of your case!

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