Q: What can I expect when I engage The Faerber Law Firm to handle my case?
You can expect the highest level of professional legal service.
The firm specializes in injury cases. We carefully select a few cases to pursue each year. This provides two key benefits to clients: first, we take only legitimate and worthy causes in which we strongly believe, so you know we are fully invested in your claim; secondly, selecting a few cases allows us to focus our efforts and resources on your case to maximize your recovery.
You can expect us to answer your questions, to communicate openly and honestly with you, and to keep you informed.
Client communication and trust is the key to a successful attorney-client relationship. With this in mind, we strive to promptly return telephone calls and keep clients regularly informed about the status of their claims.
You can expect creative and powerful representation.
We have taken cases which other attorneys overlooked and failed to see the potential. By careful analysis, thorough investigation, and some unique insights, we were able to turn these cases into excellent results for clients. For example, in a medical malpractice claim, Mr. Faerber consulted with some key expert witnesses and academic resources to learn that the client's condition, if properly diagnosed, could have been prevented. We were able to obtain a very large recovery in that claim.
In a slip and fall case, in addition to many other services, Mr. Faerber was able to prove the commercial building owner was negligent in failing to remove snow and ice which had accumulated for days. How? Mr. Faerber obtained historical weather data records for the area in question showing it had not snowed for several days prior to the accident. This proved the defendant had ample time to adequately remove the snow and ice from their sidewalk, a key element in proving the claim. This discovery led to a six-figure settlement for the client.
Q: What do you charge for your services?
A: We handle nearly all injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no attorney fees unless you win your case. Fees are typically 1/3 of any recovery we obtain. The firm will also advance any expenses necessary to effectively pursue your claim. These are expenses such as expert witness fees, deposition fees, filing fees, and other case expenses. Again, you pay absolutely nothing unless you receive a recovery.
Q: What is my case worth?
A: This varies depending on the extent of your injuries, your medical bills, lost wages, the defendant(s) involved, and many other factors. It is sometimes difficult to predict, but after careful evaluation of your specific situation, we can often provide an estimate of what we would hope to recover.
Q: How long will it take?
A: This also varies depending on the size and complexity of the case, the type and number of defendants involved, the opposing attorneys and insurance companies, and many other factors. Sometimes, cases can be resolved in a few months. Other times, it can take one or two years or longer. We work aggressively and actively on all cases to push them forward as quickly as possible. After discussing your situation with you and learning more about the others involved, we can usually give an estimate on how long it might take.
Q: Will I have to go to trial?
A: Probably not. The vast majority of all claims settle prior to trial. Many cases also settle before filing a lawsuit. Even if a lawsuit is filed in your case, it will usually settle prior to trial. If a complaint (lawsuit) is filed on your behalf, we will usually go through the discovery process. This involves collecting information from the defendant(s) and the defendant(s) collecting information about your claim. You may have to answer interrogatories (written questions) give a deposition (giving sworn testimony under oath before a court reporter). While this can be intimidating to some people, it is actually not too difficult. We will prepare you for this to alleviate your concerns or fears. If your case does go to trial, however, we will be prepared to present the best case possible to the jury.
Q: What does it take to get started?
A: The first step is to call. An attorney will discuss your case with you and meet with you for free. We will carefully evaluate your case. If we feel your case is viable, and you feel comfortable with the relationship, we will require a written fee agreement to be signed by you and the attorney(s). This agreement will outline the terms of the representation.