5 Facts That Are Often Overlooked in Personal-Injury Lawsuits for Elder Abuse and Neglect

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Facts That Are Often Overlooked in Personal-Injury Lawsuits for Elder Abuse and Neglect

When an elderly family member or loved one is suffering, it’s tempting to go after the nursing home or other facility that you feel is not treating them with care and respect. While a personal-injury lawsuit for elder abuse is a way to get compensation for the suffering of your relative, it’s a lot more complicated to win one of these cases than most people think. Knowing the facts about quirks unique to elder-neglect cases is essential if you want to have the best chance at winning. Complexity Complicates the Case While you may be unhappy with multiple problems at a nursing home or hospice, having a long list of complaints to base your case on actually hurts your chances of receiving a judgement in your favor. It’s far easier for a lawyer to base a case around a single type of neglect or abuse that has the most physical evidence available to support it. Simplifying your case and focusing on fewer complaints can prevent the case from growing out of control and becoming an overreaching attempt at punishing staff members. Evidence Must Be Overwhelming Most states have been strengthening elder-abuse laws and establishing new statutes to outline the rights of elderly individuals being taken advantage of by caretakers. Unfortunately, many of these laws that increase the amount of compensation and make it easier to begin a lawsuit also greatly increase the amount of evidence needed to win the case. You can’t rely on a few photographs of bruises and reports from the patient themselves anymore. You’ll need as many recorded conversations, photographs of physical effects, case reports from professionals interacting with the patient, and other forms of evidence as possible in order to prove abuse and neglect is actually involved. In fact, you’ll even need evidence that malice or ill-intent was involved in the abuse, not just gross negligence, in some states like California. Self-Abuse Is Surprisingly Common Don’t jump to conclusions when you first notice bruises, scratches, or other signs of abuse while visiting your elderly loved one. It’s tempting to assume that a third party is committing the abuse and causing the damage, but patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are particularly prone to developing self-abusive habits. Bringing in your own cameras and other recording devices can help you determine who’s behind the problem before you upset the staff at the facility by making accusations. If you find out it’s self-harm rather than abuse from a caretaker, you can work with the staff to address the issue. Negligence Types Vary Not all forms of negligence are the same, and placing blame on the wrong party for an incorrect form of neglect will only cause you to lose the case despite the amount of evidence you collect. Some of most common types of negligence found in nursing homes include: Hiring someone who is not fit to work with the elderly due to a history of violence or a lack of training Not providing proper medical care or physical support, a lack that leads to injury or illness Allowing hazards such as slippery steps or uneven flooring to remain in place after discovering the problem. Negligence is often harder to prove than outright abuse or monetary theft, so it’s essential to figure out who’s responsible for what before forming...

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Hurt In A Car Crash? Document Your Pain And Suffering To Help Prove Your Case

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hurt In A Car Crash? Document Your Pain And Suffering To Help Prove Your Case

You may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering after being hurt in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, although you will likely have to negotiate with the other party’s insurance adjuster to get what you deserve. Because these negotiations can be stressful and even overwhelming, it’s a good idea to hire a car accident lawyer, such as one from a place like Clearfield & Kofsky, to represent you and do most of the legwork in your case. You can expect them to deal with any red tape that comes up, handle all haggles and negotiations, manage all of the paperwork that involves your case and present your case to the courts if negotiations with the other party don’t produce an agreement. You can support your lawyer and increase your chance of winning your case by documenting your progress as you recover from the accident – here’s how to effectively do it: Creating Visual Evidence Taking photographs to create visual evidence is an effective way to support your lawyer and provide some additional insight into your story of how the accident happened and its results. Go back to where the accident happened and take pictures of any landmarks, street signs, marks on the road, or debris that was left behind from the crash that will help provide a visual story of exactly where and how the accident took place. Taking photos of any parks, stop lights, and neighboring stores or houses will also help produce a broad picture of what the environment was like where the accident happened. It’s also important to take original photos of any bodily injuries you and anyone else who was in your vehicle acquired during the accident to document the extent of your pain and suffering. You should also take pictures about once a week after taking the original photos as the injuries heal. This will help prove that you can’t work if your injuries are severe enough to keep you from performing your duties as time goes on. Finally, you’ll want to take the time to photograph any damage that was done to your vehicle in the accident before having any repairs made to prove the extent of the damage. Take pictures after repairs have been made as well so you can show the other party and the court what the vehicle looked like before being damaged in the crash. Recording Your Ongoing Progress Another excellent way to help prove your case and provide your lawyer with the tools he needs to ask for a fair compensation amount is to record your ongoing healing progress during the weeks or months after the accident. Spend a little time every night recording information about the day that pertains to your auto accident such as: The kinds of medication you’ve had to take and the amounts. Any visits to the physical therapist or doctor that you had to make. Lost work hours and income. Time spent doing exercises for physical recovery. Use a new notebook each week so that as the week comes to an end, you can give the older books to your lawyer and they can be used to help determine how much compensation to ask for as negotiations progress. It’s a good idea make two copies of the pages in...

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5 Facts To Know When You’ve Been Injured In A Car Accident As A Passenger

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Facts To Know When You’ve Been Injured In A Car Accident As A Passenger

If you are riding with a friend in their car and an accident occurs, who pays for your medical expenses? Just because you weren’t driving and you don’t own the car, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t covered. Check out these five facts you should know if you’ve been injured in a car accident as a passenger. The At-fault Driver Is Still Responsible for Your Medical Bills Even though you weren’t driving during the accident, the driver who is found to be at-fault for causing the accident is still responsible for your medical bills. Make sure you get all the necessary information from any involved drivers because you’ll need to file a claim with the appropriate insurance carrier yourself. It doesn’t matter if your driving companion is also filing a claim, you need to make your own to get reimbursement. If the accident occurs in a state that has a no fault clause, however, you would file a Personal Protection or No Fault claim. There Can Be Multiple At-fault Drivers Of course, many car accidents are not cut and dry. In many cases, one driver is not found to be 100 percent responsible for the accident. One driver may be found 70 percent responsible and the other driver involved is 30 percent responsible. For example, if the driver of your car was speeding when another car ran a stop sign and crashed into you, both drivers may be found somewhat responsible. That is why it is important to get the contact and insurance information of every driver involved. File a claim with all the insurance carriers right away. They will determine who is at fault and pay you accordingly.   You Can Seek Additional Reimbursement From The Driver Who Wasn’t at Fault Even if one of the drivers isn’t at fault, you may still be able to get some additional reimbursement from their insurance carrier. This depends on the extent of your injuries and the maximum payout on the insurance policy. The insurance may have a maximum payout of $100,000, but if your injuries exceed $100,000, you can file a claim with the insurance carrier of the driver who wasn’t at fault. That way, you can get reimbursed for every penny you are owed. If You Have Auto Insurance, You Can Seek Faster Reimbursement This may sound a little weird, but even if you weren’t driving, you can file a claim with your own auto insurance company if you have a policy with someone. The benefit of doing this is that you’ll get reimbursed faster. Before the insurance carriers of the drivers will pay you, they’ll need to determine who was at fault, which may take time. However, your auto insurance will pay you quickly because they know you weren’t responsible. The downside to doing this, however, is that there is a high deductible, and you’ll only qualify for medical payment coverage. If You Were Working, it’s a Workers Compensation Claim If you were a passenger in a car while performing work-related duties, such as driving to a meeting, the injury would be handled through workers compensation. However, this is only the case if you were working during the accident. If you and a coworker were heading to get lunch, you are not considered working. If your coworker caused...

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4 Facts You Should Know about Your Personal Injury Settlement

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Facts You Should Know about Your Personal Injury Settlement

When you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to sue or seek reimbursement form their insurance company. If you feel the property owner is to blame for your injuries, check out these four facts and learn a little more about your potential personal injury settlement. A Settlement Can Include Many Types of Compensation You probably already know that if you get injured on someone’s property and they are found responsible, you can get reimbursed for medical expenses. However, medical expenses are not the only compensation you may be able to receive. If the injury also caused damage to a personal item, such as your car, you may also receive additional compensation. If your injury caused you to miss work or will cause you to miss future work, you may even be able to receive compensation for lost wages. Of course, some injuries aren’t as obvious as a broken leg or arm. Mental pain and physical suffering are harder to observe, but you may experience them after an injury. Pain and suffering can include negative emotions because of the accident, such as depression and anxiety. It can also include a loss of appetite, sexual dysfunction, or even simply a loss of enjoyment of life. If you experience pain and suffering, you may be eligible for more compensation. Even If You Were Partially to Blame, You May Get a Settlement Even if you were partially responsible for your own injury, you may still end up with a settlement. Most states follow the comparative negligence rule when it comes to personal injury cases. This means that even if both parties are to blame, you should still get a settlement, but the settlement will be reduced based on your responsibility. If the court finds you are 15 percent responsible, and your settlement is for $20,000, you’ll get $17,000 (15 percent less than $20,000). There are two types of comparative negligence: pure comparative negligence and modified comparative negligence. If your state follows the pure system, it means that you can receive a settlement even if you are almost completely responsible for the injury. In a modified system, you have to be 50 percent or less responsible to receive compensation. You May Be Entitled to a Settlement If You Were Trespassing Normally, if a trespasser was injured on someone’s property, the trespasser doesn’t have a case. However, there are some instances when this isn’t true. If the person’s property commonly experiences trespassers (people commonly use it as a short cut, etc.), you may have a case. In this instance, the property owner should expect to have trespassers because it happens frequently, so they must post warning signs of potentially dangerous conditions. If they fail to do so, and you get injured, you may be able to sue. You may also be able to receive compensation for injuries sustained while trespassing if the property owner intentionally caused your injury. Property owners can’t use deadly force to protect their property. For example, they can’t shoot you just because you trespassed. Deadly force is only allowed if the trespasser is trying to cause bodily harm. Your Social Life May Impact Your Settlement When you’re fighting for your settlement, it’s important to avoid social media. It’s a dangerous tool that can be used against you, so...

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Who’s Liable For Damages If A Parking Valet Gets Into An Accident With Your Car?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Who’s Liable For Damages If A Parking Valet Gets Into An Accident With Your Car?

Valet parking is a luxury that can save you time and help you avoid the endless frustration associated with finding a parking space at a busy establishment. Unfortunately, it can also cost you thousands of dollars in car repairs if you happen to get a valet who’s careless with your vehicle and damages it. Establishing liability for the accident can be challenging, however, for a variety of reasons. Here’s more information about this problem. The Valet’s Employer is Liable, But… In general, the valet’s employer will be liable for any damage employees do to vehicles while those vehicles are in their care. The trouble is you have to jump through a few hoops in order to pin the blame on the valet service. In particular, vicarious liability laws require you to show the employee was acting within the scope of his or her employment when he or she caused your vehicle to be damaged. This means proving the following: The person was employed by the company at the time of the incident The employee was at the workplace and working his or her scheduled hours The incident occurred while the employee was acting in his or her authorized capacity While proving these elements may seem straightforward on the surface, the circumstances of an accident involving valets and vehicles don’t always lend themselves to easy interpretation. For instance, if the valet takes your vehicle drag racing around town instead of parking it in the lot as required by his or her job, the company that employs the person could argue the individual was operating outside of his or her capacity as a valet. It would be up to the courts to decide if vicarious liability laws covered this type of duty deviation. Another Possible Liable Party How the accident occurred will also determine who will ultimately be held liable for the damage to your vehicle. It’s entirely possible the valet was extremely careful with your car or truck. However, another person may have been driving recklessly and crashed into the valet as he or she was parking your vehicle. In this case, you would have to go after the driver of the other vehicle for compensation since that person actually caused the accident. The only way the valet might be held liable in this situation is if he or she knew an accident was going to occur but did nothing to avoid it. For instance, consider if the valet notices a car swerving as it moves down the street. If the valet has an opportunity to move your vehicle out of harm’s way and doesn’t do so, then the valet could possibly be held partially responsible for the crash under comparative negligence laws. Challenges with Collecting Compensation The immediate problem you’ll face when trying to establish liability for damage done to your vehicle by a valet is getting the truth of what happened to the vehicle from the person who drove it or the company he or she works for. It’s not unusual for a valet or the company who employs the person to lie about the damage and deny he or she did anything to the vehicle. It would be incumbent upon you to prove the valet was, in fact, responsible for the accident, which could be difficult if...

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Proving Negligence Is Key To Building A Slip-And-Fall Personal Injury Case

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Proving Negligence Is Key To Building A Slip-And-Fall Personal Injury Case

If you slip and fall while in someone else’s place of business and become injured, you may be able to file a lawsuit and collect damages from the owner of that business. Whether or not you win your case (or are able to build one in the first place) will largely depend on your ability to prove the business owner acted negligently and that this negligence led to your slip and fall accident. While it will be your lawyer’s job to establish negligence and build your case, having a basic understanding of what negligence means in this scenario will help you navigate the process. What is negligence? In a legal sense, the word negligence refers to a person’s failure to execute the care that a reasonable person would take in certain circumstances. Negligence is often accidental. In the case of a slip and fall accident, negligence could be: The business owner’s failure to do something that would have kept you from slipping An accidental action on the part of the business owner that led to your slipping What are some examples of negligence? Reviewing a few examples of negligence that could lead to a slip and fall injury will help you understand this concept. Imagine it’s a rainy day. People are tracking in water, and the floors are getting wet. Yet, the business owner does nothing to mop up the water. It builds up on the floors, making them slick, so that when you step into aisle 2 to grab your frozen pizza, your feet slide out from under you and you hit the floor. It could be argued that, in this case, the owner acted negligently by failing to clean up the water that was being tracked in. Had he or she kept the water cleaned up, you would not have fallen. A scenario where an accidental action leads to an injury is as follows. Imagine a stock person is filling shelves. A bottle of oil spills, leaving an oily, slippery residue on the floor. Instead of cleaning it up properly (as one would expect a reasonable person to do), the stock person just picks up the glass and moves on. You slip on the oily residue, and fall to the ground. In this case, the stock person could be said to have acted negligently by spilling the oil and then failing to clean it up properly. What are the challenges involved in proving negligence? In some situations, the defendant’s lawyer might be able to argue that in fact their client did act like a reasonable, responsible person, yet you fell anyways. For instance, if a business owner was cleaning up water that was dragged in once an hour, but the floor still got slick and you still fell, the defendant could argue that since the owner was trying to clean up the water, they were not negligent. It will be up to the judge to decide which argument is stronger in this case — your claim that the owner should have done more to clean up the water, or the defendant’s claim that the actions being taken to clean up the water were sufficient. This is why the details are so important in a slip and fall case. The right details can make your argument of negligence...

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Advocate For Change: Children With Food Allergies & The Schools They Attend

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advocate For Change: Children With Food Allergies & The Schools They Attend

If you are the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening food allergy, you may be concerned about sending your child to school… and rightly so if the school has not implemented policies that protect children from foods they are allergic to. The Centers for Disease Control has developed voluntary guidelines for schools, day cares, and education centers. Yes, you read that correctly: the guidelines are voluntary, not mandatory. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. With a lawyer’s help, become an advocate for your child and other children with food allergies. Here’s why and what you need to know.  Alarming Statistics of Food Allergies in Children  According to researchers, 1 in every 13 children has a potentially life-threatening food allergy in the United States. And the prevalence of food allergies among children increased about 50% from 1997 to 2011. What may be worse is that the medical community doesn’t know why these numbers continue to rise.  Anaphylaxis Happens Quickly & Requires an Immediate Response It only takes 1-2 minutes for a mild reaction to a food allergen to escalate into life-threatening anaphylaxis. And 10 out of 13 anaphylactic reactions (fatal or near fatal) happened outside of the home. The only children who survived were given epinephrine within 5 minutes of developing anaphylaxis.  Protect Your Child & Others: Become an Advocate Just like other parents of children with life-threatening allergies to foods have done and will continue to do, become an advocate. Fortunately, the CDC does have guidelines already established. Ask your child’s school and/or the entire school district to adopt the guidelines from the CDC for the safety of your child and other food-allergic children. Unfortunately, the school is not required to make changes. Here are a few other ideas that may help convince them.  Hire a personal injury lawyer to send them a letter stating the laws and regulations regarding the school’s duty to your child when he or she is on the school’s property. Ask the lawyer to include several scenarios of events that could occur if your child or other allergic children accidentally ingests food allergens while in school.  If the school officials don’t respond to the letter from the lawyer, get the local media involved to draw public interest to the matter. Given the statistics of the number of children with food allergies, public interest might overwhelm the school to the point that they may adopt the guidelines.  If you’ve exhausted all of these avenues, speak with your lawyer about the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the school for not providing your child with a safe learning environment due to them not accommodating his or her disability.  Schedule a Training Day for Anyone Interested in Learning More  However, guidelines mean nothing if the teachers and other staff members of the school fail to recognize the symptoms of life-threatening allergic reactions. They may act too slowly or their response may be inadequate. For example, a staff member calls you to tell you that your child has an itchy rash that looks like hives instead of calling 911.  It’s a good idea to ask the school and/or the PTA/PTO to schedule a training day for the teachers and staff. Allow the public, particularly the other parents in the school and...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Psychological Personal Injury Claims

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions About Psychological Personal Injury Claims

If you have psychological injuries, and you feel someone else caused these injuries due to their negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. However, the majority of personal injury claims are filed for physical injuries. As such, you may have many questions about the differences between filing a claim for physical injuries and for psychological injuries. Here are a few of the questions you have and the answers.  What Are Psychological Injuries? There are various types of psychological injuries that people may have. Some of them include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), a concussion, chronic pain, or a disorder that involves mood or emotions. While the difference between physical and psychological injuries varies greatly, it doesn’t mean that you do not have a claim. Often times, after someone is involved in a car accident, they suffer psychological effects. While it may depend on the severity and circumstances of the accident, there are certain triggers that can cause someone to experience this.  Psychological injuries vary slightly from emotional distress. Emotional distress is typically a short-term feeling and a psychological injury can be long-lasting or permanent. While they both affect the same sensory system, psychological injuries require more care and professional attention. Can You File a Psychological Injury Claim if You Don’t Have Physical Injuries? You may be able to file a claim for just psychological injuries. This is best to do with the help of an attorney as they know what insurance companies tend to look for. They also have a better understanding of the injuries and what compensation those injuries may entitle you to. Winning a psychological injury claim can be a bit more challenging than a physical injury case. With phsycial injuries, you can show a judge or jury an Xray, an MRI, or other proof of your injury. With a psychological injury, the judge or jury has to take your word about the symptoms you are experiencing. An attorney can guide you to specialist who can evaluate you and provide reports that corroborate the accident and the emotional distress you are experiencing. How Do You Prove Psychological Damages? Proving psychological damages can be difficult. In these types of cases, documentation is extremely important. Try to document everything that you remember about the accident, including any sort of feelings and thoughts that you have. If you keep a detailed record, this could help prove you suffer from psychological damages. Psychological trauma varies greatly from person to person and what you may experience is not the same as what someone else does. Some of the symptoms of psychological damage include loss of sleep, fear of being in the situation that cause the accident, anxiety and depression. Keeping a journal will help to show what symptoms you may be experiencing and how they impact your life and ability to function normally, which can help prove your claim. Another important element to winning psychological damages claims is having an expert back up what you are saying. Speaking and working with a psychiatrist, counselor or even a doctor who specializes in psychological damages can help establish that you are suffering from a medical condition as a result of the accident you were involved in. Getting answers to the questions you have about psychological personal injury claims...

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Christmas Catastrophe | Tips For Getting Your Tree Home Safely

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Christmas Catastrophe | Tips For Getting Your Tree Home Safely

It’s that time of year when millions of people are heading to a local tree farm to cut down the perfect Christmas tree. Live Christmas trees are preferred by many, yet getting it into your home can be a difficult task. If you don’t have a pickup truck to stick the tree in, you have to be extra careful so you don’t end up causing any danger on the road. Here are some smart tips for transporting your Christmas tree safely. Wrap Your Tree After you cut down your tree, you want to wrap it up carefully. Bring a large blanket. It doesn’t need to be heavy, it just has to keep the tree contained. Not only will it protect the tree from the wind on the road, but it will protect other drivers too. If there are loose branches on the tree, they can fly off and into the windshields of other drivers. The surprise from the branches hitting the windshield can frighten the drivers and cause them to swerve on the road. You can end up charged with reckless driving if your Christmas tree causes an accident. Make Sure Your Tree isn’t Obstructing Your View It might sound obvious to you to make sure your tree isn’t hanging in front of your front or back window, but you’d be surprised how many people drive off the lot before they realize that their tree is hanging in the way. Make sure you check your rear windshield as well as the front. Don’t drive trying to look around a tree. You could be cited for driving with an obstructed view or end up causing a serious accident. Bring Ratchet Straps If you go watch people at the Christmas tree farm, you’ll probably see dozens of people fasten the tree to their car with bungee straps. Bungee straps work okay for added protection in the back of a pickup truck, but they aren’t secure enough to strap a tree to the roof of your car with them. Ratchet straps allow you to tighten the straps as much as you need to make sure the tree is completely snug on your roof. As long as you use them properly, your tree is not coming off the roof. With a bungee strap, it could come unhooked or snap if pulled too tight. If your tree goes flying, you could end up being responsible for a fatal accident on the road. If you have never used a ratchet strap, click here to watch a video on how to use them properly. Make Sure Kids are Still The extra weight on the roof of your car makes it difficult to drive. If your kids are bouncing around in the car, it can make the weight shift even more. You could lose control of your vehicle because of the smallest disturbance. Make sure your children are buckled in tight and sitting still. Even if the weight shift doesn’t disturb your driving, you don’t need any added distractions while you are driving home with your new tree. Adjust the Way you Drive Most people drive a few miles over the speed limit, and many take sharp turns while driving home. You need to drive a few miles under the speed limit and take slow turns. If...

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Fee Structures Attorneys May Use To Determine What To Charge You To Handle Your Accident Case

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fee Structures Attorneys May Use To Determine What To Charge You To Handle Your Accident Case

Attorneys want to help their clients obtain adequate compensation for their injuries. At the same time, lawyers want to ensure they are paid fairly for their effort. To that end, an attorney may use one or more fee structures when determining how much to charge you to litigate your case. Here’s a description of the different billing methods to prepare you for negotiating with the attorney about the fee he or she will charge. Percentage-Based Fee This particular fee structure, commonly known as a contingency fee, involves the attorney charging you a percentage of any compensation you’re awarded in your case. For instance, if the auto insurance company gives you $100,000 to settle your case, your attorney would take a percentage of that award (e.g., 30 percent) as his or her fee for litigating the case. In this type of fee arrangement, the attorney doesn’t get paid unless and until you win. This makes it a good option for people who may not have the cash to pay an attorney upfront. However, the fee does reflect the risk the attorney is taking, with many charging anywhere from 33 to 40 percent. Additionally, attorneys tend to be very selective about the cases they take on contingency. So if your case is not very strong, the attorney may use a different fee structure or decline to take your case. Hourly Rate Another common fee structure attorney’s use is to charge the client an hourly rate to litigate the case. Typically the attorney will estimate how long it will take to obtain a resolution and then multiply those hours by an hourly rate. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee can land anywhere between $150 and $400 per hour. If the attorney estimates it will take 30 man hours to resolve your case, you could expect to pay between $4,500 and $12,000 in legal fees. Most attorneys require clients to pay a portion of the estimated cost upfront, which means you have to have the money on hand to hire the person. However, an attorney may be more willing to take a weak case since the risk of not getting paid is significantly reduced. Lastly, if you get a very large award, you don’t have to worry about giving up as big of a chunk as you would in a contingency fee agreement. Flat Fee Although this type of fee schedule is not seen very often in accident lawsuits, sometimes attorneys will charge a flat rate for his or her service. For example, the lawyer may bill you $5,000 to handle your accident case from start to finish. This is a good option because you’re charged the same price regardless of how long it actually takes to litigate the case, which is good if you have limited funds and/or the lawsuit goes on for longer than expected. Typically, though, the attorney may only do this in cases where the person is fairly certain he or she can litigate the case within the number of hours the flat fee represents. Therefore, lawyers may be extremely picky about the cases they take; meaning your case will likely have to be a slam dunk and/or the person you’re suing must be willing to settle quickly. Additionally, you still have to pay the whole amount even if...

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