Unless you've had the unfortunate experience of being hurt in a serious car accident and are in need of hiring a personal injury lawyer, you may not be aware of exactly how the whole process works. With so much attorney advertising bashing us all in the face every time we turn on the television or radio, how do you know who to call?
If you've been hurt in a serious car, motorcycle, bicycle or some other type of accident, you'll likely have no idea what you need to do next. There is a lot of confusion, unanswered questions and uncertainty about who is going to pay your medical bills, how do you get your car fixed or get a reasonable and fair payoff for your car if it's determined to be a total loss, who pays your bills if you're rendered unable to work and many more topics.
First of all, the car accident attorneys at the Fort Myers personal injury law firm of Goldberg Noone, LLC, want you to know that it NEVER costs a penny to call us and ask questions about your crash. We're always available to listen to your specific situation – no two car crashes are EVER the same – and give you our opinion as to whether we think you may have a course of legal action against the person or entity that caused your injuries. Frankly, only a small number of accident circumstances result in the need to file a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, a personal injury law firm can work with representatives of the insurance company of the person who caused your injuries to come to an amicable and fair financial settlement before we actually need to file a lawsuit.
It's True – Lawsuits Cost Money
Whether an injury accident results in a lawsuit or not, the work that goes in to fighting for your full legal rights and obtaining fair financial compensation for your injuries takes a lot of work, and no, lawyers don't work for free.
The vast number of personal injury law firms in Florida work on what is called a contingency fee basis. That means that they will get paid only when and if they obtain a financial settlement, either through negotiations or a jury verdict at trial, on your behalf. As you can imagine, this is a good way of ensuring that a law firm needs to feel very strongly about accepting your case – no one wants to undertake a sizable amount of work for free. Contrary to popular belief, we don't take every case that comes to us. We will completely evaluate your situation to determine the likelihood of favorable settlement before we agree to represent you. No one likes to lose – especially lawyers – so you can rest assured that if we do take your case, we're confident that the facts involved will result in our ability to get the justice you deserve under the law.
Under Florida law, personally injury attorneys are limited in the percentage amounts they are allowed to collect for their fees. Generally, that fee is 33 % of any financial settlement, but that can vary depending on the amount of the settlement. Are there personal injury attorneys in Florida that will work for a fee of less than 33%? Yes, there are. Only you can decide whether you're going to get the aggressive and skilled representation that you deserve.
Who Pays the Costs of Getting Justice?
When you hire our law firm to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit, there are dozens of things that begin to happen behind the scenes. There are considerable financial expenses that need to be paid in order to properly prepare your case. Even if your case never ends up in a courtroom, the expenses involved in negotiating and presenting your case to the insurance company can be substantial. In many accident cases, we will hire an expert witness to support the facts of your case. These may be a medical professional that offers testimony that supports your injury claim, or a financial specialist, in many cases a life-care planner, who we utilize to formulate projected costs of what your medical and long-term care may cost for the rest of your life.
We also work with the most experienced and skilled accident reconstructionists in the country. These experts prepare very precise and detailed reports, illustrations and technical graphics that show the physics of the crash impact, mathematical trajectory, physical forces of the impact and more.
We will undertake the process of getting recorded statements, or depositions, of all witnesses involved in your accident. This requires hiring a videographer and a court reporter and coordinating the deposition with representatives of the other parties involved. There are also court costs and filing fees, a lot of copying and exchange of parcels by overnight express and other support services involved in your case.
When we take your case on a contingency basis, our law firm pays all those expenses up front for you, and then we are reimbursed for our costs out of your settlement proceeds. Again, when we are hired by you, we go 100%, instantly to ensure your full legal rights are aggressively represented, and your best interests are vigorously protected.
The benefit of working with the Goldberg Noone law firm on a contingency basis is the ability to hire an experienced, skilled motor vehicle accident attorney without worrying about how you are going to afford them. The minute you hire us, your problems become our problems – you can rest easy, freeing yourself of the endless worries and stress of being involved in a serious crash, allowing you to focus on healing and getting back to your life.
The hiring of an attorney is not something you should enter into without knowing all the facts. We're always available to talk to you personally about the specifics surrounding your crash and your subsequent injuries, which is always totally free of charge. It may be that you don't need a lawyer – but at least you'll know that before you commit to hiring one.
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We represent people who have been victimized because of the negligence or carelessness of another individual or entity. Attorney's contingency fees allow you to take on the multitude of insurance company lawyers and adjusters on the other side without the need to come up with a large amount of money up front. We've represented clients throughout Florida, with a focus on Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and LaBelle.
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