We have the financial resources to ensure that your case is well-prepared for a successful resolution, whether that ultimately occurs by settlement or through trial. If for any reason, we are unable to obtain money for you by verdict or settlement, you will not be obligated to pay the firm a fee or to reimburse us for any costs that we expended. Upon a resolution of your case, our legal fee is calculated as a percentage of the settlement or judgment. Any costs associated with your case (e.g., filing fees, expert witness fees and fees to obtain medical records) will also be paid out of the monetary recovery. Therefore, the compensation for our services is tied to our performance.
Reasons to hire an experienced personal injury attorney.
Experience Assessing Claims: Personal injury attorneys are experienced with cases like yours and can tell you at the beginning whether it is worth it to pursue legal action. If you are unlikely to win your case, you can avoid the time and expense of preparing for litigation.
No Fees if You Don’t Recover: Most personal injury attorneys work for a contingency fee, which means that if you do not win your case, you will not pay attorneys’ fees. You are, however, responsible for certain expenses not directly related to an attorney’s services, such as the fees doctors charge for reviewing your records or being interviewed.
Red Tape: Complicated legal procedures, confusing medical terms, and lots and lots of paperwork are common in personal injury cases. An experienced attorney can work through the maze of paperwork necessary to resolve your claim so that you can get on with your life. When you meet with an attorney, he or she will ask you to provide documents you have relating to your injury.
Investigative Team: Usually, attorneys work with a team of investigators who have experience in specialized areas and will skillfully examine the technical aspects of your case. You can help the investigative team by providing important information about your injury.
Objectivity: Anger, pain, frustration, and fear may impact your ability to see the facts clearly. An attorney can be more objective about your case than you and will not make a rash decision. For example, you may be tempted to go for a quick payout, but your attorney may advise you that it is in your best interests to wait for a more appropriate offer.
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Lengthy and complicated trials are not always necessary to resolve a case. An experienced attorney will know whether your case may be best worked out using alternative dispute resolution methods (ADR), thereby saving you time, money, and emotional energy. Common examples of ADR are mediation and arbitration.
Experience Working With Other Lawyers: An experienced personal injury lawyer can deal most effectively and quickly with the other side’s attorney. This is particularly important during the fact-finding part of the litigation when parties are required to exchange facts and documents.
Experience With Insurance Companies: Personal injury lawyers are used to working with insurance companies and will not be confused by their tactics or feel pressured to settle for an unsatisfactory amount.
Best Settlements: Many personal injury cases are resolved by a negotiated settlement instead of trial. Generally, a settlement means the plaintiff will give up the right to sue in exchange for a payment from the defendant or an insurance company. A personal injury attorney will negotiate a settlement on behalf of a client and try to resolve the case as early as possible.
Best Jury Verdicts: If a trial is necessary, a personal injury lawyer can zealously represent you in court and work toward achieving the best possible jury verdict in your favor. He or she will develop a legal strategy designed to help get you any and all compensation available for your injuries.
If you are still unsure about whether or not your accident and injury case qualifies for legal action, you can speak with a lawyer who can further explain the details of filing and what exactly is needed.
There will never be any up-front, out-of-pocket costs from you. You will not pay us anything unless and until we obtain a settlement or verdict in your favor.
Wright & Schulte takes a team approach in every aspect of our business. You, as the client, will be a part of that team, as we work towards an award and obtaining compensation for you. The firm is fortunate to have a hard-working staff of individuals to assist award-winning attorneys in achieving the best results for you. Your case will never be handled by just one person. Instead, the collaboration between support staff and attorneys, and led by a firm’s partner, in each individual case we handle, ensures that you are represented as thoroughly and completely as your needs require.
The length of a case, from the initial free consultation through to the resolution of the case by settlement or jury verdict, depends on several variables, so it is not possible to say exactly how long a case may take. However, our office works tirelessly to ensure your case is resolved as quickly as possible.
Yes. Each state has laws that provide time limits to formally file a lawsuit or claim. These laws, called the “statute of limitations”, will prevent an otherwise viable claim from being considered if it is not filed on time. Therefore, it is important to contact us, or any lawyer, as soon as possible after you have been harmed.
No. Many times, for a variety of reasons, including the uncertainty of a jury’s trial verdict, trial can be avoided through an amicable settlement; however, Wright & Schulte prepares every case as if it will proceed to trial.
At the outset of our representation, you will be provided with the names and contact information for each member of your Wright & Schulte team that will be assisting you on your case. We will routinely keep you informed of significant developments in your case. We also encourage you to contact us by phone or e-mail at any time with questions and we will promptly reply.
Unfortunately, in the early stages, it is very difficult to predict how much a case may be worth. There are many factors which make each case unique and a specific monetary award cannot be predicted.