No it’s your case, it’s not the lawyer’s case. That’s the way I deal with all my clients. It’s the client’s case, not the lawyer’s case. The lawyer advises the client disposes of every offer.
In my practice I bring every offer to my clients. I explain to them what I think of the offer. But the final decision on the offer lies with the client.
You are always in charge of your own case. You make every decision. The lawyer brings the offer to you. If you want to accept the offer that’s up to you. But the lawyer does not force you to settle your case. We advise you on our opinions on it, but the decision is always yours.
The lawyer gives you legal advise. But the ultimate decision is yours on weather you settle your case or not. Weather you think the offer is sufficient.
Wayne O’Bryan – Frequently Asked Questions
No you don’t have to go to court. The decision on whether to go to court or not is always yours. Sometimes however it is important that you file suit in your case because the insurance company is being unreasonable in the amount of money that they are offering.
If you have a serious injury and the insurance company is not offering serious money then our advice to you would be to file suit so that you can get the serious money that your case deserves.
Often times insurance companies offer settlements before you need to go to court but more often than not their strategy is to offer you less than what you can get through trial.
Keep in mind that insurance companies and their attorneys know exactly how much your claim is worth, and they are in a much more powerful position to negotiate with the other party than you are. Their job is to resolve the potential “liability” by paying as little as possible to you. Many valuable rights were lost because the injured person believed what he or she was told by the insurance company.
Some personal injury attorneys just try to settle your case without ever trying your case. At O’Bryan Law we are committed to obtaining your fair compensation, and if the insurance company refuses to pay the acceptable amount, then we proceed in court. We know how much you are entitled to and we ensure that your injuries and losses are fairly compensated for.
No you do not. Most lawyers handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. What that means is the lawyer does not get paid until the case settles at the end of the case. The lawyer will usually advance or pay all expenses involved in handling your case. What that means is that you don’t have to take any money out of your own pocket. All money will be paid at the end of the case.
A contingency fee arrangement is a method that allows many individuals who have been injured or seeking damages, such as those resulting from an auto accident or a medical malpractice case, to obtain legal representation even if they do not have money to pay a lawyer at the outset of a case.
A contingency fee is based on a percentage of the monetary recovery the lawyer ultimately obtains for you as a result of negotiation or trial. This is the basis on which most accident and personal injury cases are handled. A contingency fee enables you to retain a lawyer who will work hard for you even though you do not have the money to advance to pay for your case.
As a general rule, accident and personal injury litigation is frequently handled on a contingency basis, commercial disputes rarely are, and criminal matters almost never are.
Richmond Virginia car accident, truck wreck, dog bite, personal injury case lawyer, Attorney Wayne O’Bryan answers your questions.