Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of cases do you handle? Is the major portion of your firm’s practice personal injury cases?
One of our major areas of practice is personal injury cases of all kinds, although we do handle other types of matters. For more information on the types of cases we handle, please visit our Areas of Practice page.
Do I have a case?
The answer depends on a number of factors. There are two basic parts to a case: liability and damages. To win a case, you must show that the party who inflicted your injury was at fault. Fault typically exists when a person does something with knowledge that it is dangerous. The second part of a case is damages: you must not only be hurt, but you must also have your injuries verified and treated by medical professionals.
I would like to discuss my situation with an attorney to see whether I have a case. Is there a fee for a consultation?
We offer free consultations. Call us at 973-993-1923 to set up an appointment to speak with one of our attorneys, or use our convenient form to submit an inquiry via e-mail.
What if I am too injured to come to your office?
We will send someone to you, either at your home or in the hospital.
Does your firm try cases?
Yes, without hesitation. However, many cases end up in settlement, and we have obtained millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. When an insurance company is unreasonable in their settlement offer and the offer is unacceptable to our client, then the case goes to trial.
How can I tell what my case is worth, and whether I should consider settlement?
Every case is different, and predicting the outcome of a given case is almost impossible. However, based on our lengthy experience, cases can still be analyzed based on prior similar cases and similar injuries, and the particulars of your case. We will discuss each of these matters with you so that you can decide whether to settle your case or not.
What are the fees?
We work on a contingency fee basis. That means there is no fee unless we recover money for you. In New Jersey, the fee is no more than 1/3 of the net recovery, after the deduction for necessary litigation expenses.
What if I have a question during my lawsuit? Who do I ask?
As the client, you are entitled to know what is going on with your case. You can call our office at any time, and a lawyer will talk to you and answer your questions.
What if I already have a lawyer, but I am dissatisfied? Can I change from my current lawyer and hire your firm? How much extra does that cost in fees?
If you are dissatisfied with your current lawyer, call us. Often, just answering a few questions will show you that your current lawyer is doing the right job for you. You should not take a change of lawyers lightly. However, if you do decide that you want to change, it is your absolute right to do so. Changing lawyers does not increase the fees. It is up to the lawyers, sometimes with the aid of the court, to split the fee you originally agreed to when you signed the retainer agreement. You do not have to get in the middle of the fee arrangement, that will be handled by the lawyers.
I’ve decided to sue and to retain you. What’s the next step?
Call us at 973-993-1923, or visit our Contact Us page to tell us about your case. We will make an appointment at no charge to discuss your case in person. If you are too injured or ill to come to our office, we will send someone to you. The law requires that you sign a written retainer agreement which sets out the terms of the representation. There are also various other forms to be signed, so that we can get copies of medical records and accident reports.
I have more questions. How can I get them answered?
Call 973-993-1923 and speak with one of us. If we can’t get on the phone with you, we will return your call.