Attorney Boris Lavent, like most personal injury lawyers in the Miami area, offers free case evaluations. This means that you can feel comfortable calling and discussing your case without worrying about how much it is going to cost you. In addition, if after your initial phone call the attorney thinks that your case might be worth pursuing, then a meeting may be scheduled to discuss your case in greater detail. Like the initial phone call, this meeting does not cost you anything.
If the attorney decides that your case is worth pursuing, then a formal retainer agreement is signed. This is the contract that governs what the attorney’s responsibilities are and how much the attorney will be paid. Personal injury lawyers generally work on a contingency fee basis, which means that they only get paid if there is a recovery.
Be sure to ask your attorney if you will be responsible for the costs of pursuing the case if there is no recovery. If you sign a standard contingency fee agreement and there is no recovery, then you shouldn’t be responsible for any attorney’s fees. Depending on the language in the agreement, however, you might be responsible for the costs. Lavent Law never charges any attorney’s fees or costs if there is no recovery in your case.
One of the reasons why contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident is so important is because critical evidence may be lost as time passes. A personal injury lawyer will investigate your case, which includes: locating and interviewing witnesses, determining who the defendants are and the policy limits of their insurance coverage, preserving evidence, photographing the accident scene, and various other necessary steps that may be valuable for your case.
Provides Updates And Answers Questions
A personal injury lawyer should provide regular updates about what is going on with your case. In addition, the lawyer should answer any and all questions that you may have. Boris will provide you with his direct line as well as his cell phone number so that you may contact him at your convenience. If Boris cannot come to the phone, he will get back to you that same day.
Sends A Demand To The Defendant
If the attorney’s investigation shows that you have a case that is worth pursuing, meaning that the defendant is liable and there is adequate insurance (or the defendant has sufficient funds) to cover your damages, then the attorney will send a demand letter. This is basically the start of the negotiation process to attempt to resolve the case without going to court. You may be able to recover for your injuries even if you were partially at fault for the accident. A majority of cases are resolved without going through the full litigation process.
If your case cannot be resolved in a manner that is acceptable to you, then the attorney will file a lawsuit. Since you are the client, it is your choice whether to accept a settlement. Boris Lavent will advise you whether he thinks the settlement is fair, but it is ultimately your decision whether to accept it or not.
Provides A Closing Statement
Whether your case is resolved by settlement or trial, the attorney must provide a closing statement detailing how much money you are receiving. This means that the attorney’s fee is outlined, as well as any litigation expenses. The attorney will also attempt to negotiate down any liens (such as Medicare or other medical insurance).