Frequently Asked Questions
- Can you make a home or hospital visit?
- What kinds of cases does your firm handle?
- Does your firm handle cases outside of the Sacramento/Roseville Area?
- How much do you charge to review my case?
- How much will it cost to have you represent me?
- What are our fees?
- Who will work on my case?
- Will I have to go to trial to recover for my injuries?
- How much will I get from my judgment or from a settlement?
- I really don’t want to go to trial. Can’t you just settle my case?
- What is a “statute of limitations” and how does this affect my potential case?
- What if my injuries were caused by a driver who had no insurance? Do I have any recourse?
- Do I need a lawyer to represent me or can I handle my case on my own?
Can you make a home or hospital visit?
Yes, of course! Please contact our firm and we will arrange a time that is the most convinent for you.
What kinds of cases does your firm handle?
The Davis Firm specializes in personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout California. We have represented clients who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones in a variety of accidents, including those involving motor vehicles, trucks, big rigs, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, drunk driving accidents, industrial lifts, pedestrians, constructions sites, gas explosions, slip and fall, defective products, premises liability, defective roadways, civil rights violations, nursing home abuse, police misconduct, sexual harassment and medical or legal malpractice.
Does your firm handle cases outside of the Sacramento/Roseville Area?
Yes. The Davis Firm handles cases throughout the state of California and has handled cases in other states, in conjunction with local attorneys.
How much do you charge to review my case?
There is no charge for an initial appointment to discuss a potential case. If, after reviewing the case, we decide your case has merit, we will advance all of the costs necessary to investigate and prosecute your case. When the case concludes, either by way of settlement or judgment, these costs are reimbursed to the firm from the recovery. If there is no recovery, you owe us nothing.
How much will it cost to have you represent me?
Our firm, like most attorneys who specialize if personal injury and wrongful death claims, charge on a “contingency fee” basis. This means that our firm’s fee will come from the damages we recover from the responsible party or parties on your behalf. If there is no recovery, we do not receive a fee. While the contingency fees are negotiable between the attorney and the client, the fee agreement must be in writing and signed by both the attorney and the client.
What are our fees?
We do all of our personal injury litigation on a contingent fee basis. We advance all costs of preparation and trial of a case. When we obtain a settlement or verdict those costs are repaid, and our fee is an agreed percentage of the recovery. By law, attorneys’ fees are negotiable between the client and lawyer and must be memorialized in writing. Our fees are very competitive with those of other firms practicing personal injury law.
Who will work on my case?
Your case will be handled and directed exclusively by one of our attorneys who will be assisted by members of our administrative staff.
Will I have to go to trial to recover for my injuries?
While approximately 95% of all personal injury cases settle out of court, there is no guarantee that any particular case will settle before trial. For this reason, we prepare every case as if it is going to trial. This assures that your case will be ready for trial, if necessary, and also maximizes the value of any settlement reached before trial.
How much will I get from my judgment or from a settlement?
There is, unfortunately, no standardized method or evaluation that can answer this question for you. The one thing that can be said is that the value of each case is specific to that particular case. The value of your case depends upon different factors such as the liability for your injuries, the nature and extent of your injuries, the likelihood for permanent disability, scarring, inability to work, the degree of disfigurement, embarrassment, humiliation, so-called pain and suffering, etc. Sometimes it is possible to provide ballpark assessments based upon our previous experience in prior similar cases, but there is no method for predicting exactly how much an injured person and/or that person’s family will recover in a specific case.
I really don’t want to go to trial. Can’t you just settle my case?
We prepare all cases for trial. However, the majority of cases settle before trial, often as many as 9 out of every 10 cases. Since we do not know if your case will be one of the 9 that will settle or one of the ones that go to trial, we will prepare your case thoroughly, as we prepare all of our cases. If your case ends up not settling, we will be ready to take it to trial for you.
What is a “statute of limitations” and how does this affect my potential case?
A statute of limitations is the maximum amount of time you may wait between the time you were injured and when you must file a lawsuit. There are many different time limits, depending upon the kind of case you would like to bring. If you have a claim against a public entity, you must do so within six months of your injury. On the other end, if your injury does not manifest itself for many years after the exposure to the toxic substance that caused your injury, this “latency period” will mean that the statute of limitations will not run for many years. As you can see, there are different statutes of limitations, depending upon the specific set of facts and circumstances of each individual case. Be sure to contact an attorney immediately if you believe the statute of limitations is about to run in your case. Once the statute has run, you will lose forever the ability to bring your lawsuit or claim.
What if my injuries were caused by a driver who had no insurance? Do I have any recourse?
Yes. While California law requires that all drivers have insurance, the fact remains that many drivers on the road do not comply with the law and have no insurance coverage. However, if you are injured in an accident with an uninsured (or underinsured) motorist, you may make a claim against your own automobile insurance policy for uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage allows you to collect your damages from your own insurance company who can then seek reimbursement from the uninsured or underinsured driver. Please call us for further information.
Do I need a lawyer to represent me or can I handle my case on my own?
While not all cases require the expertise of a lawyer, most cases do. You might, in some cases, be able to negotiate a settlement with the other driver or his or her insurance company on your own. It is not advisable. If you have any doubt about whether or not you need a lawyer, please give us a call. We will be happy to talk to you or to meet for an initial consultation without charge.