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, charges 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 your fees?
We do virtually 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 top firms practicing personal injury trial law.
In workers’ compensation cases, a judge of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board is required by law to set reasonable fees for the injured employee’s attorney. This occurs when a case is concluded by settlement or award. No fees may be requested or charged until approved by a judge. In most cases attorneys’ fees are between twelve and fifteen percent of the value of the contested benefits recovered for the injured employee. In the majority of workers’ compensation cases there are also expenses of medical reports or deposition testimony of a physician. The employer or insurance carrier is normally required to pay these costs.
Will I have to go to trial to recover for my injuries?
While approximately 80% 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.
What kinds of cases does your firm handle?
Jones Clifford, LLP specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation 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, industrial lifts, pedestrians, construction sites, gas explosions, defective products, premises liability, defective roadways, and more.
Does your firm handle cases outside of the San Francisco Bay area?
Yes. Jones Clifford, LLP handles cases throughout the state of California and has handled cases in other states, in conjunction with local attorneys.
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, which 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?
Not all cases require the expertise of a lawyer. You may, in some cases, be able to negotiate a settlement with the other driver or his or her insurance company on your own. If you have some 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.