PART III: How We Work at Dayani Law Firm.
Now you know that you must consult with an attorney so you can learn about your own case, the insurance players and what not to do, as you are getting treatment and getting your life back on track. That is necessary.
If you don’t need a lawyer, we’ll be the first to tell you. But if you do, we can help. Here is how we work:
Fee: For our personal injury cases, we are paid by a “contingency fee,” which is 1/3 of the overall settlement. A contingency fee means if you don’t get anything, we don’t either. Some firms will raise their contingency fee from the standard 1/3 (or 33.3 percent) to 40 percent, depending on how complicated the case is or becomes, which we will never do – our fee is always 1/3. We do not charge anything by the hour for our time. You don’t pay anything at all until the conclusion of your case, at which point we remove our fee from the lump sum settlement.
Costs: We advance the costs on your behalf that are necessary to move your case forward. These costs are separate from our fee and in the beginning of a case involve things such as getting copies of your medical records and bills, copying and faxing, etc. We send you a regular invoice so you know what has been advanced so you can pay it back as you are able, or we simply remove the cost balance from the settlement at the end of the case. If you ever have a question about a cost item you can call or email your attorney directly to discuss it. There will never be any surprises about the costs—you will always know what is coming and what to expect.
Forward Movement: We get to it right away. If your case is ready to move after we retain it, we move. We never let a case sit and gather dust or get lost under a big caseload as many big firms will do.
Individualized Case Plan: We formulate a plan for the particular facts of your case. Every case is different and we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of yours, and what is needed to make a strong showing to the insurance company. We’ll do everything we can to get it done this way and avoid litigation, because we know the courtroom is probably not your ideal place to be. We make a timeline and deadline for each action item in your case plan so things stay moving.
Demand letter: We compile the evidence of your case, carefully, to present a clean and thorough demand letter on your behalf to the at-fault insurance company. This is the longest part of the process because of how seriously we take the pre-litigation negotiation process. We gather your medical bills, comb over records, and work up the case on every level to document every way the accident has impacted you as a human being.
Negotiations: After we send your demand to the insurance company, there is a waiting period as they review the evidence, and then negotiations begin. Everything is viewed through the lens of “What would a jury think of this?” The insurance company tries to protect their driver and save money; we try to get you a fair and favorable result. Both sides evaluate the case as though it would go through to trial and be evaluated by a jury.
We take great lengths to get a good result before a lawsuit is required, but if it is, we gear up and fight. Our attorney team has years of trial experience, and we know how to go.
We are with you: No matter what, we are with you every step of the way. You always have access to the attorneys directly. All decisions about the case are yours; we are simply here to guide you. We work on your behalf, quickly and efficiently, and you will always know where things stand. Our goal is to get you the best possible outcome so you can focus on getting your life back.
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Lauren Adler is lead personal injury attorney at Dayani Law Firm. She offers free consultations and speaks clearly and honestly about your options after a car accident. Send her a message below or call directly for a consult at (206) 777-5627
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