Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Do I need a lawyer?
The answer to this question depends upon the complexity and seriousness of the case. The more serious the nature of the injury involved the more likely it is that you will need an attorney. By discussing the case in a free consultation, I can advise you whether it is a matter that you can and should handle on your own, or whether it is in your best interest to retain an attorney.
Can I speak to an attorney without incurring costs and/or hiring an attorney?
I offer free telephone and office consultations. At these conferences I will get all of the pertinent information regarding your case. I will then advise you of your legal rights and what avenues of legal action are available to you. There is no charge for this service. If you choose to retain our firm, your case will be handled on a contingency fee as described below.
What is the cost to hire an attorney?
Personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. The contingency fee has been called the "key to the courthouse" because it allows persons of all means to obtain the finest legal talent without paying attorneys fees or costs up front. The attorney is paid based on a percentage of the overall recovery. If there is no recovery, the attorney is owed nothing. The amount of the percentage is not set by law and may vary depending upon the nature of the case.
How soon must I file a lawsuit?
In California, for injuries which occur after January 1, 2003, the statute of limitations is two years. For injuries before this date, the statute is still one year. There are however numerous exceptions to this general rule. For example, the time to file may be shorter in the cases against public entities or in civil rights actions. The time may be extended in some cases, for example in those cases involving a minor. As a general rule, the earlier one sees an attorney after his injury the better. Delay in seeing an attorney often is to the benefit of the wrongdoer and seldom to the benefit of the victim.