Answering Your Questions
Determining whether to pursue and legal case and which lawyer to hire can be overwhelming, but we’re here to make life easier. Below are some common questions that we get from clients and potential clients that you may be wondering as well. Of course, we’re always happy to answer any and all questions you have when you call us for a consultation or hire us to represent you.
How much does a consultation cost?
Consultations are always free, no matter how long the consultation goes. Whether by telephone, Zoom, or in-person, we will take all the time you need to hear about your potential case and answer all of your questions, free of charge.
How much does it cost to retain Dearie Law Group?
Dearie Law Group operates on a contingent fee basis, meaning our clients pay nothing until they have recovered compensation, either by settlement or trial. We also often advance costs, such as filing fees and expert witness fees, and will often cover those costs if we do not recover compensation.
What if I do not want to be involved in a lawsuit or go to trial?
Dearie Law Group takes a collaborative approach to all of its cases. That means explaining the situation, presenting you with options, explaining the pros and cons of each option, giving you our recommendation, and inviting your input. If you would prefer to settle your claim without a lawsuit or trial, we will do all that we can to maximize your settlement. If you want to have your day in court, we will passionately represent you at trial. Of course, working with us is not a one decision deal. If you think you want to go trial early on and then change your mind when the insurance company makes a decent offer, or vice-versa, we will keep you informed, give you a recommendation, and follow your lead.
Do I need a consultation appointment?
Consultation appointments are not necessary – send us an email through the form on this website or give us a call and we will get back to you as soon as we can. That said, if you have a busy schedule and would prefer to set up an appointment, we are more than happy to find a date for a telephone, Zoom, or in-person appointment.
I've been injured but haven't hired a lawyer yet - what should I do?
There are a number of steps you can take before calling us to ensure that evidence is preserved and that the value of your case is not minimized by the insurance company. A few examples are below:
– Take photographs and videos, such as photographs of your injuries, photographs of the incident scene, and photographs of vehicles involved in a collision
– Obtain a copy of any incident or collision reports
– Keep track of all expenses related to your injury. For example, days/times you missed work and expense receipts (such as home care expenses, prescriptions, medical aid devices, etc.)
– Seek treatment for your injuries, follow the treatment instructions you are comfortable with, and attend your appointments with your health care providers.
What if I'm I'm contacted by the negligent party's insurance company?
If you plan on hiring an attorney, we recommend that you politely tell them that you do not want to speak with them, hang up the phone, and contact an attorney. Even if you are intent on representing yourself, giving a recorded statement or signing a written statement that is not accurate can damage your case. Don’t be fooled by insurance adjusters who pretend to be in your corner.