Frequently Asked Questions
How do you handle payments and fees?
We accept most cases on a contingency basis, meaning we do not collect any fees unless we win. We are even willing to accept some commercial disputes under a contingent fee agreement. However, we understand that contingency arrangements do not suit all individuals, and will work with you to find the best agreement for your needs.
What is a contingent fee? And, how are expenses paid while my case is being handled?
Under a contingent fee arrangement, you will pay nothing unless we make a recovery on your behalf. Our fee will be determined as a percentage of the total sum recovered. We will front all expenses necessary to prosecute your case. No reimbursement is necessary unless we win.
How can you help me? What services can I expect from you and your firm?
You can expect our attorneys to listen to you, identify your challenges and recommend a plan of legal action. We will educate you on your rights and responsibilities under the law while answering your questions clearly and honestly. From the moment you sit down with us to the moment your case is decided, our attorneys will treat you with respect and professionalism.
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 offer free consultations to discuss your case, answer your questions and discuss next steps.
I have never hired a lawyer before. What types of questions should I ask to ensure that I am hiring the right firm to represent me?
You should take advantage of an attorney’s free consultation to ask questions about their experience, their approach and their outlook for your case. You should also ask about how the lawyer will charge for their work and who is responsible for the litigation costs. Ultimately, you should choose a lawyer who makes you feel comfortable and whose experience supports your type of case.
How long will my case take? When can I expect my case to be resolved?
Unfortunately, this varies from case to case. The duration of a case depends on how long the victim receives medical care, the complexity of the case’s legal issues, the location of the court and several other factors. Your attorney will likely provide an estimate, but this could change as the case proceeds.
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 healthcare insurer to recover the amounts paid on behalf of its 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.
What do you expect of me?
We expect your full cooperation. The successful prosecution of your claim depends on your willingness to devote time and energy in the suit. Once a case is filed, you will be required to answer questions under oath and, if the case is tried, attend proceedings at the courthouse. Your cooperation may also be needed during the investigation and preparation of the case.