Preparing Each and Every Case as if it Will go to Trial
Over 90 percent of personal injury cases settle before trial. What this means is that in over 90 percent of cases, at some point before the injured client appears in Court with his attorney for a trial before a jury, an agreement is reached with the defendant or their insurance company specifying the amount that will be paid to the injured party in settlement of the case. That “amount” can vary significantly and is often impacted by the manner in which the plaintiff’s attorney has litigated the case.
An attorney who is pushing for a settlement in the early stages of the case is signaling to the other side that their goal is to settle the case, not try it. When the defendant or their insurance company knows that the goal of the plaintiff is a settlement and there is no real threat of a trial or jury verdict against them, the offers made often reflect that fact. Conversely, where the defendant or their insurance company observes the plaintiff’s attorney meticulously preparing a case for trial and knows that their fate will ultimately rest in the hands of a jury, it often prompts an offer that might not be forthcoming otherwise.
Preparing each and every case as if it will ultimately go to trial is a philosophy that Marc S. Albert has lived by throughout his career. Even if a case is ultimately going to settle, it is critical for the other side to know that the plaintiff’s attorney poses a trial threat to maximize recovery for the client. For cases that do proceed to trial, there is no more rewarding feeling for Mr. Albert than hearing a jury read a verdict that justly compensates his client for the serious injuries sustained.
Since graduating from law school in 1995, Mr. Albert has practiced exclusively in the field of personal injury and medical malpractice law. When a client retains Mr. Albert, they are not getting a “jack of all trades” attorney that does “a little bit of everything”. Instead, over the course of 20 years, Mr. Albert has handled virtually every type of personal injury or medical malpractice case known to man.
You can’t teach experience. Each case that an attorney handles over the course of his career presents new issues and new challenges. Additionally, there are a multitude of nuances as to particular types of personal injury cases that are learned and perfected through experience and practice in those areas. Over the course of his career, Mr. Albert has had immeasurable experience in the handling of cases involving motor vehicle accidents, bus accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, premises liability, construction accidents, ladder and scaffold accidents, defective products, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and wrongful death, amongst countless others.
Experience is not only useful in litigating the cases, but also in working with the client. Making each client feel that they are in good hands with their case and telling them what to expect as the process unfolds is critically important to Mr. Albert. Many of our clients have never been through a legal case before setting foot in our office and have no idea what to expect. They are often concerned about how long the case will take, how they are going to pay their medical bills and how they will survive if they are unable to work, along with many other issues. It is the job of the attorney in personal injury cases to sit down with his client at the outset of the case and explain the process to him or her, to tell them what to expect and to answer any questions that their client has. Mr. Albert takes this responsibility very seriously. Initial consultations are not a quick in and out in his office. Rather, time is taken with each client to make them comfortable, to explain the process and to answer all questions in a way that you don’t have to be a lawyer to understand.
Contingency Basis – No Fee Unless We Win
Many clients who have been involved in an accident express concern about how they are going to pay their attorney. As Mr. Albert explains in detail to all of his clients, all of the personal injury and medical malpractice cases that he takes on are handled strictly on a contingency basis. What this means is that no legal fee is paid to Mr. Albert unless he is successful with your case. No “up front” fees are ever owed and all initial case consultations are free and without any obligation.
Don’t Delay in Contacting an Attorney for Your Personal Injury Case
All personal injury and medical malpractice cases have filing deadlines called Statutes of Limitations. The failure to file your case within the applicable deadline can have the effect of forever preventing you from bringing a case. Because of this, it is critically important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorney soon after the event in question takes place.
Having an attorney on board soon after the happening of an accident is also critically important in obtaining or preserving evidence that will ultimately be critical in the case. Whether it’s directing a client to take photographs of an injury or an accident scene, directing them to maintain evidence that will ultimately be needed or guiding clients who they should and not be speaking to (such as an insurance company), having an attorney leading you through the initial steps of a case can pay significant dividends later on. At the outset of each case, Mr. Albert spends a great deal of time speaking with his client, guiding them and allowing them to avoid pitfalls that can have a detrimental effect on the personal.