If someone is filing a personal injury claim, the question they most want to know is how much it will cost them to file that claim. The Segal Law Firm understands that when people come to us as the result of losing a loved one or a painful injury, this places them in a very dark time in their life. Many times an injury stops someone from working and this can mean money is very tight, and because of this, we advance costs to them and wait until settlement or jury verdict is awarded before we recover those costs.
Filing fees are the same amount in all cases and those associated fees are referred to as “service fees,” depending on exactly how many companies need to be sued. For example, if you are hurt in a tractor-trailer accident, you would only sue the tractor-trailer company involved in your case. However, in a Mesothelioma case, depending on your job, hundreds of asbestos companies may need to be sued and this requires more money for those service fees. When settlement or jury verdict is reached, we explain these associated costs to our clients so they have a thorough understanding of what costs we need to recover.
When we first take a case, we put everything in writing for a client; we don’t believe in just a handshake, a wink or a nod. Our clients have our fees on paper as well as expected costs, and they can refer to this at any time. Some associated costs involved are the taking of depositions, hiring of court reporters, doctors who can testify what exactly happened to a person, and even nurses who will discuss what your future may be like. If the case is complex, costs can run in the tens of thousands of dollars and most people don’t have that to spend when they are filing a case, which is why we have the contingency fee system. This system places people on a level playing field against the mega corporations who have caused a death or injury. If someone has suffered an injury and is no longer able to work, this system enables us to say, “Don’t worry, we will take your case and advance your costs for you.”
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