When we take your case, you will not have to pay any legal fee upfront, and you will not pay any out-of-pocket costs for the duration of the case. We advance all case expenses on your behalf every step of the way. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means our legal fees are paid out of the final settlement or verdict in the case. If there is no settlement or verdict, there is no fee, and, you do not have to repay us for the cases expenses we advanced on your behalf.
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In general, you will be compensated for any lost wages or benefits you incurred as a result of your past, present, and future injuries, and time away from your job for any necessary medical treatment.
When you are injured due to the negligence of another person, you will be compensated for all of your medical treatment as part of the final settlement or verdict.
Do not ever talk to an insurance adjuster after an accident. They will ask you questions that will enable them to deny or minimize your case. They will also want to record the conversation. Never agree to give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster, even if they tell you it is necessary. Always talk to an attorney first.
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You should always try to use your medical insurance to cover your medical treatment after an accident occurs because there is no way of knowing how quickly the case will settle against the alleged negligent party. After your case has settled or a verdict has been rendered, your medical insurance will be paid back through what is called subrogation. In other words, part of your final settlement or verdict will go to the insurance carrier that paid your bills initially. They have a legal right to recover what they initially paid for the medical treatment.
Understanding how long it will take a personal injury case to be resolved can be complicated to answer. No two cases are the same, and there are various factors that can go into the timeline, including length of time a client is treating for. Cases that are handled through insurance carriers at the level of a claim will typically be resolved quicker, however, if it is necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit, it could take months or even more than a year to resolve. A skilled personal injury attorney will know the most efficient ways to handle your case to receive maximum compensation in a reasonable amount of time.
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Under Ohio law, personal injury victims have two years from the date their injury occurs to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent party. If it has been less than two years since the date of your injury, then you still have time to file a personal injury claim. If it has been more than two years, we likely will not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are some exceptions to these limitations, so please speak with one of our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.
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Most personal injury cases are settled with just the insurance carrier, and a personal injury lawsuit is not necessary. However, if the insurance carrier of the at-fault party refuses to offer a fair settlement or denies a claim altogether, the only recourse may be to file a lawsuit in civil court against the alleged negligent party.
There is no way to calculate the precise value of a claim. But in general, the total value of a personal injury case is going to include the total costs of your medical treatment, lost wages (past and future), physical therapy, co-pays for insurance and insurance subrogation, and most importantly, the seriousness of the injury and if it is permanent and/or will require future medical treatment. Usually an expert medical report is needed to document serious injuries and future damages and medical treatment.
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Like most every other personal injury firm in Ohio, our legal fee goes up when we file a law suit. Our fee does not, however, increase if we go to trial. The legal fee increases because the monetary investment of case expenses and expenditure of time and firm resources goes up significantly, for you to be fully compensated. For example, if we advance $70,000.00 on a case and two years of our time, and get no recovery, you do not owe us that money back and you owe us nothing for our time. Zero. This is clearly set forth in our fee agreement. Further, we also guarantee in our fee agreement that our fee will never exceed your net recovery or it will be reduced. I am not aware of any other law firm that sets that forth in writing for their clients.
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The vast majority of claims settle at the level of a claim. But if the claim cannot be settled fairly and a law suit needs to be filed, once depositions are conducted and interrogatories are answered, a majority of cases in litigation settle, as well. Most cases do not end up in an actual trial, though we are absolutely prepared to put on a case in front of a jury if need be. It is always the client’s decision to file a suit or go to trial after we discuss everything in detail and then give you our best advice.
Litigation costs are basically court reporters, videographers, expert reports, and fees the experts charge for testifying. That last one is the expensive one, which is why those are not conducted until right before trial, after everything else has been exhausted in the way of settlement. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we advance all costs on cases, and you do not have to repay them back if there is no settlement.
Expert opinions are the evidence we need to prove your case to insurance companies and defense lawyers. They take notice of what an expert opines, puts in a report, and is willing to back up in a deposition. The expert documents everything, from how the accident happened to the future damages you will suffer. Although expert reports can be expensive, they are worth the expense if they are necessary to prove your case. Expert opinions matter, and they buttress your claim of permanency and future medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages – past and future. This evidence drives the value of cases. Expert reports are invaluable to the case because they provide the credibility and expertise needed to help secure the compensation you are entitled to.
You’re the client, you hired us, you decide ultimately through the claim and litigation process when you want to settle, or if we ultimately proceed to trial. We will always offer you our best advice and recommend the best course of action for your case. But it is always the client’s decision after we give you our best advice.