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FAQS

cd109a How do you handle payments and fees?
How can you help me? What services can I expect from you and your firm?
I have been unable to work because of my injury. How much will you charge to meet with me to discuss my case?
What is a contingent fee? And, how are expenses paid while my case is being handled? 
How long will my case take? When can I expect my case to be resolved?
My health care insurance paid for my medical treatment. Do I have to pay the insurer back if I recover any money?
What do you expect of me?
How can I learn more about your firm and your lawyers?

How do you handle payments and fees?
We handle most cases on a contingent fee basis.  We are even willing to accept commercial disputes under a contingent fee agreement if the facts of the case support such an arrangement.  Nonetheless, we know that contingent fee agreements do not suit all individuals or companies.  In that regard, we are always willing to work with our clients to enter into the most advantageous fee agreement for them.  View more information about Contingent Fee Agreements by clicking here.

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cdguidecoverHow can you help me? What services can I expect from you and your firm?
Our lawyers will listen to you, identify your problems, learn your goals, and recommend a plan of legal action.  We will educate you on your rights and responsibilities under the law and answer your questions in a prompt and clear manner.  We will always take and return your phone calls.  And, we will identify for you your options and offer our recommendation on how to best proceed with your case.

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I have been unable to work because of my injury. How much will you charge to meet with me to discuss my case?
Nothing.  We will meet with you to discuss your case for whatever time is necessary to evaluate your case.  We will not charge you for this initial consultation.

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What is a contingent fee? And, how are expenses paid while my case is being handled? 

Under a contingent fee arrangement, the client pays nothing unless we are successful in making a recovery on the client’s behalf.  The fee is a percentage of the sum recovered by the client.  We front all expenses in the case.  The client reimburses us for the expenses only when we are successful in recovering damages.  If we are not successful, the client does not reimburse us for expenses incurred in prosecuting the case.

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I have never hired a lawyer before. What types of questions should I ask to ensure that I am hiring the right person and law firm to represent me?

The consultation meeting is an opportunity for you to ask questions of the lawyer as well as the lawyer to ask questions of you.  During your meeting, ask the lawyer about his or her experience handling your type of legal matter, his or her plan for investigating your claim, who you will be working with if you hire the lawyer and his or her firm, what participation the lawyer expects from you, and any particular questions or concerns you have about your legal situation.  You should also inquire as to how the lawyer will charge you for his work and who is responsible for the litigation costs.  You will probably have questions following your initial meeting.  Do not hesitate to follow up.

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How long will my case take? When can I expect my case to be resolved?

The time it takes to reach an end to a case varies.  The time it takes to reach a resolution in a personal injury case depends on how long the injured person receives medical care, the complexity of the legal and medical issues involved in the case, the location of the court in which the case is filed and the individual circumstances of each case.  Often, a lawyer can provide a client with a range of time that he or she might expect to pass before the case is set for trial once informed of the individual circumstances.

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My health care insurance paid for my medical treatment. Do I have to pay the insurer back if I recover any money?
It depends.  Missouri law generally does not allow a health care insurer to recover from its customer the amounts the insurer paid on behalf of the customer.  However, federal law does permit an insurer to collect those amounts in certain limited circumstances.  Consult with your attorney about whether your insurer has the right to collect from you.  Also, be aware that Medicare and Medicaid have the ability to collect money these entities pay on your behalf in certain circumstances.  Again, consult with your attorney.

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What do you expect of me?
We expect your full cooperation.  The successful prosecution of a personal injury claim depends on a client’s willingness to invest his or her time and energy in the suit.  Once a case is filed, a client will be required to answer questions under oath and, if the case is tried, attend the proceedings at the courthouse.  Also, the client’s cooperation may be needed during the investigation and preparation of the case for trial as the client is usually in the best position to answer questions.

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How can I learn more about your firm and your lawyers?
Take some time to review this site, particularly each attorney’s profile.  Or, give us a call. We would be happy to speak with you.  Do not hesitate to e-mail or call should you believe that we may be of assistance to you.

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