Our Clients’ Frequently Asked Questions
- What will it cost to hire your firm?
- How long do I have to file my claim without losing my right to recover?
- What should I do if an insurance company contacts me to settle my personal injury or workers’ compensation claim?
- What are your office hours?
What Will It Cost To Hire Your Firm?
There are generally two types of fee arrangements:
- Contingent/percentage fee – There is no fee unless there is a recovery in your case. This is the usual agreement in cases involving personal injuries and wrongful death cases, and it is how we handle almost all cases. Additionally, all costs of filing, investigating and managing your case, including compensation of expert witnesses, will be advanced by our firm and are repaid out of the proceeds of your settlement or verdict without interest.
- Hourly fee – In the rare situation where the injured person has the means to do so, we are prepared to bill for our services on an hourly-fee-plus-costs basis.
All fees will be explained during your initial no-charge meeting. No fees will be charged until agreed upon by you in advance. A written fee agreement will memorialize the terms.
How Long Do I Have To File My Claim Without Losing My Right To Recover?
In Pennsylvania, the vast majority of negligence cases have a two-year statute of limitations. Therefore, you must file any claim(s) that you may have within two years of the date it arose, or you will forfeit your right to do so.
However, there are exceptions to the above rules. For example, there is a one-year statute of limitations on libel and slander cases. Additionally, some claims require notice to be given to the defendant within six months of the incident or the case will be dismissed, even if filed within the statute of limitations. Professional negligence cases, such as medical malpractice, require thorough investigation and a certificate from an expert that the case is meritorious before it can be filed. Evidence can be lost or destroyed if the case is not investigated in a timely manner. For all of these reasons, we recommend a prompt review of your potential case.
There also are certain exceptions that allow a case to be filed later, such as when the plaintiff is a minor or when a medical mistake cannot be discovered until more than two years after the negligent act, despite reasonable diligence. Don’t hesitate to call to see if your case can still be filed.
What Should I Do If An Insurance Company Contacts Me To Settle My Personal Injury Or Workers’ Compensation Claim?
We do not recommend settling an insurance claim without first seeking legal advice. We do not charge for a consultation to discuss a case, and there is no obligation to hire us. You may have legal rights that you don’t know about, and you may inadvertently forfeit these rights if you agree to a settlement without first discussing your case with a lawyer.
Attorney Mark Homyak’s experience allows him to competently advise you if the offer is within a fair range. Do not hesitate to contact Mark to review your personal injury claim, or workers’ compensation case, and learn about your legal rights. We will be able to answer any other questions you may have at that time.
What Are Your Office Hours?
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. We accept calls 24 hours a day.
If you are unable to travel to our office, Mr. Homyak can accommodate hospital or house calls.