Frequently Asked Questions
In personal injury cases, if you don’t recover compensation then you will never pay us any attorney’s fees. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid for our services if you recover compensation.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only collect a fee if you recover compensation. Our contingency fees are in line with market standards, but sometimes vary depending upon circumstances involved in each case.
Each case is unique. As soon as you hire us, we use our skills and experience to begin evaluating its value. We take into account your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, and any other unique factors that help us determine the value of your case. Sometimes the value of a case can change during the claims or litigation process. Our goal is to maximize the value of each case we handle for our clients.
We used to work for the insurance companies and understand how they operate. We know what insurance companies look for when evaluating a case. Our goal is to present your case to the insurance company in a way that gets their attention and motivates them to settle. If we’re unable to settle, our experience gives us unique insight that helps us anticipate the defense attorney’s tactics during litigation and at trial. We work hard to help keep our clients a step ahead of the insurance company and its lawyers.
We have access to investigative resources and materials to make sure we can track down who caused your injuries. We also have access to materials that may assist us in proving who was at fault for your injuries. There may be multiple parties at fault, we will work hard to make sure they are all brought to the table when it comes time to try and make things right.
We will prepare every case like it’s going to trial. We believe this helps get the most value out of a case for our clients. The majority of personal injury cases are settled outside of court. As attorneys, it is our job to prepare your case, provide our legal opinions, and present our clients with their options. We strive to give our clients common sense and practice advice to help you decide whether to settle or go to trial.
You should probably avoid accepting the first offer. Chances are the insurance company has more money reserved for your case. Early in the claims process, the insurance company will typically set reserves on a case. A reserve is a certain amount of money the insurance company assigns to the case. In some cases, as the litigation proceeds the insurance company will begin to offer more of their reserve. As insurance defense attorneys, we used to help insurance companies assign values to their cases. Our experience helps us do everything possible to leave nothing on the table.
Our experience is that insurance companies offer more compensation if they know the attorney is capable of going to trial. Trials are expensive and full of uncertainty. Typically, insurance companies want to avoid the kind of uncertainty a trial may bring, especially against a capable trial attorney. Insurance companies are notorious for playing games to protect their bottom line and they may feel emboldened to do so when they perceive plaintiff’s counsel as a poor trial lawyer.
If you were injured in North Carolina while traveling it is important that you hire a local North Carolina personal injury attorney. North Carolina has unique laws pertaining to personal injury cases. It is one of only four contributory negligence states. North Carolina also has very nuanced rules regarding the admissibility of evidence and medical expenses. The different laws in North Carolina greatly impact how insurance companies approach North Carolina cases. As such, we highly recommend hiring counsel based in North Carolina to represent you if you have been injured in our state.