What exactly is “personal injury law”? Attorneys have coined this phrase, also referred to as “PI”, that encompasses many different types of situations and claims. When someone is hurt, physically or emotionally, by the fault of another person that is a personal injury claim. The most common personal injury claim is a car accident. When an auto collision happens and is the fault of one driver, the non-fault driver has a claim against the at-fault driver, and their insurance. Unfortunately, not everybody has insurance, and when that happens things get really complicated. We discuss issues such as this in our blog at judnichlaw.blogspot.com.
Other personal injury claims are slip and fall cases, civil assault cases, negligent death cases, product liability, and basically any other claim where someone else is at fault for being negligent. Because there are so many different types of cases, it is important to make sure the attorney you want to hire has experience in your specific type of case. For example, worker’s compensation cases are a form of personal injury claim. However, not every personal injury attorney handles workers compensation cases. Before you meet with an attorney, make sure they handle your specific claim.
Experience in the claims industry is extremely important in PI cases. You will obtain a better result in a personal injury case with an attorney that has a good relationship with claims adjusters, than one that makes a battle out of every issue. Thus, a long track record and experience in the industry is a key to a good result for you. At the Judnich Law Office, Marty has been in the personal injury claims field for over 13 years. Our office has created relationships and had experience with most insurance companies and most insurance adjusters. Because of that, the Judnich Law Office is able to work with the insurance companies to get successful results with the lowest cost to you. Claims are a tricky thing, and can be very stressful on people. Allowing your attorney to deal with all of that stress, and knowing that you will obtain the best possible settlement is money well spent.
Speaking of money, how much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney? At the Judnich Law Office, we have contingency fee agreements on personal injury claims. A contingency fee agreement is where the client does not pay any money up front for our services. Instead, the attorney is paid only when the claim is finished, and the attorney earns a percentage of the total settlement. This means that both the client and the law office have the same interest in receiving the highest possible settlement. Typically, the Judnich Law Office earns 1/3 or 33.3% of a gross settlement for providing representation of a client. When you think about it, that is a great deal for you. If you were paying an attorney an hourly rate, you have no control over how much they charge, or how many hours they work. With a contingency fee arrangement, you know exactly how much money you and the attorney are earning and you make sure both of you are trying to obtain the most settlement value that you can.
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