How long will my case take?
Every case is different and it depends on a number of factors. The more severe your injuries are, the more likely you are to need extended treatment. For example, a broken pelvis may require surgery and a lengthy physical therapy regiment whereas, a strain and sprain may only require 4-6 weeks of physical therapy. We don't resolve your claim before you complete treatment. If your claim can be resolved without the necessity of suit, it generally takes 3-4 months after you have completed treatment to settle your claim.
What is my case worth?
One of the questions we get most often from potential and new clients is, “What is my case worth?” Unfortunately, there is no simple answer or magical formula and each case is different.
When we talk about the potential value of a case, we are talking about what an insurance company is willing to pay out in order to settle the claim or what a jury might award in the event that the case goes to trial.
How much your case is worth depends on a number of different things, including but not limited to:
What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
At the Law Offices of Houston M. Smith, P.C. we offer a FREE initial consultation to injury victims. The goal of this initial meeting is to discuss your claim and your options and how we can help you.
In order to best evaluate your case, there are several items that we request you bring with you for our first appointment, including:
What are contingency fees?
Contingency fees describe a prior arrangement between a lawyer and his/her client wherein the lawyer receives a set percentage of the amount awarded to the plaintiff in a case.
Most law firms set their contingency fee between 35 and 50% of the total recovery. At the Law Offices of Houston M. Smith, P.C., our contingency fee is 33.33% if your case is settled prior to filing a lawsuit and 40% if the recovery is made after a suit is filed.