Attorney FAQ

Do I Have a Case?

No one can tell you whether or not you have a case without reviewing the facts of how you were injured and who was responsible. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and answer your questions.

What Happens in the Initial Consultation?

During the initial consultation, our lawyers will listen carefully as you describe the circumstances of how you were injured or taken advantage of. We will also explain what we can do for you and answer your questions. There is no charge for this service.

How Much Will It Cost Me to Pursue My Case? How Are Attorney Fees Determined?

We handle all personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you never have to pay us any money upfront. Our fee, if we are successful, will be a percentage of the compensation we obtain for you. We will advance all necessary expenses such as expert witness fees. If we are unable to obtain compensation for you, we do not seek to collect those expenses from you.

How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Case?

The length of time it takes to resolve your case will depend on whether or not we need to go to trial to obtain a fair outcome. If your case goes to trial, it may take a year or longer, but many cases can be settled in a shorter period of time if the insurance company is prepared to be reasonable and fair.

Why Do Some Cases Get Settled Out of Court and Other Cases Go to Trial?

Without the threat of a trial, insurance companies have little motivation to resolve cases. For this reason, we always prepare cases for trial. If the insurance company makes a fair offer before trial, we will recommend that you accept it. If the insurance company is not willing to pay what we believe your case is worth, we will recommend going to trial. The final decision will always be yours, but we will give you the benefit of years of experience to help you make the right choice.

How Much Compensation Can I Expect to Receive?

The amount of compensation can depend on both the severity of your injury and the amount of insurance that is available to pay damages. Our attorneys won't know the severity of your injury until you reach what is known as maximum medical improvement. Only then will we know how the injury will affect you in the future. Each case is different, which is why attorneys who are committed to thoroughly investigating the case are critical to your chances of success.

How Will Your Law Firm Keep Me Reasonably Informed as to What Is Happening in My Case?

We will send you copies of all correspondence that we send and receive in reference to your case and provide you with regular updates by phone or e-mail. You can also call us whenever you have a question. We try to return all phone calls within 24 hours.

What Is the Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is a law that places a time limit on when you can pursue a legal remedy to right a wrong. For example, in West Virginia you have two years to file a lawsuit in a personal injury case as a general rule. But the rule is subject to numerous exceptions, and you cannot be sure of what time limit applies to you without an opinion from a competent attorney. Depending on the facts, the time period may start from different events, or not start at all, or vary for different types of claims in the same case. The statute of limitations also varies by state. For claims belonging to minors, the statute of limitations may not begin to run until the child's 18th birthday in West Virginia, but not every state has this rule, and it does not apply in every situation. As you can tell, the statute of limitations is a complex legal rule and you should not attempt to unravel it yourself.

The statute of limitations is very complex. You should consult an attorney as soon as possible after an accident to determine the limit that applies to your case.

Who Will Handle My Case? Can I Choose My Attorney?

Depending on the complexity of your case, you may be assigned an individual attorney or a team of attorneys. Our lawyers regularly draw on the experience of our entire team of attorneys when working on cases. If you want to be represented by an individual attorney at our firm, you can let us know during your initial consultation.

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We offer a free initial consultation to answer any questions you have. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your case.