FAQ


 

Do I Have a Case?

In order to determine if you have a case, contact the Law Offices of Paul J. Fina for more information. We will analyze the events, liability law, and facts surrounding your case in order to evaluate if you are legally entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our case evaluations are free, and always confidential.


 

Will I Have to Pay?

No, we believe that we should get paid only when you receive compensation for your injuries. For this reason, we handle all personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that until you are compensated for your injuries, you pay us nothing. Normally, the legal fee charged in personal injury cases is about one-third (1/3) of the amount we recover on your behalf.


 

What If I Don't Recover Anything?

In the outside chance that we do not recover an award for you, you owe us absolutely nothing. We have an adamant "no exceptions" policy when it comes to this rule.


 

Will I Have to Go to Court?

Unlike many personal injury lawyers who may settle for lowball offers, the Law Offices of Paul J. Fina prepare every case as if it were going to trial. We use this technique to let insurance companies know that we take your case very seriously, and will follow through to the full extent of the law. In the rare event that a defendant's insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement for your injuries, we will not hesitate to proceed to trial in order to recover money on your behalf. However, this being said, most cases (more than 98%) are resolved through a settlement prior to trial. Should your case go to trial, the Law Offices of Paul J. Fina have years of experience trying cases, with highly successful results.


 

Are There Other Ways to Resolve My Case Other Than By Going to Court?

Yes, there are other ways of resolving a personal injury case other than by going to court. As stated above, over 98% of the cases handled by Paul J. Fina are resolved before trial. The most common of these resolutions involves a settlement offer by the defendant's insurance company. If their offer coincides with what we think is fair value for your case, we will present this offer to you as a possible resolution. Recently, there has been an increase in the use of private means for resolution, known as "Alternative Dispute Resolution" (ADR). ADR may be utilized as a way to recover on your behalf through "mediation", a non-binding situation in which an unbiased third party hears each side of the story and attempts to create a settlement acceptable to both parties. If mediation fails, the case may advance to trial without penalty to either party. If we are able to reach an agreement, payment is typically received by our client within thirty (30) days.

Another ADR option may be to have a private neutral party decide the result of a case. This option is known as "arbitration" and occurs outside a court room, although it is in many ways similar to trial before a judge. Prior to arbitration the two parties make a legally binding contract that the decision of the arbitrator will be enforceable. ADR has gained popularity for several reasons. ADR is less costly than trial before a judge or jury and proceedings are generally less formal than those in a courthouse. The Law Offices of Paul J. Fina are experienced in negotiating cases through mediation and arbitration.


 

How Long Will My Case Take To Complete?

Every case is unique. Thus, it is impossible to correctly estimate the exact duration of a certain case. Cases involving car accidents, animal attacks and dog bites, and defective or negligently maintained premises are generally resolved faster than more complicated negligence cases. For example, medical and dental malpractice cases, and defective product cases may take longer to resolve. While recovery in simple cases can sometimes occur in just a few months, it may take several years to recover fair value in more complex cases. The Law Offices of Paul J. Fina work as efficiently as possible in order to recover just compensation for your injuries. However, we pledge never to settle for a low offer merely for the sake of resolving a case when we feel you legally deserve more. Grounded in the experience of thousands of cases, the Law Offices of Paul J. Fina have observed that cases hastily completed generally produce lower recoveries than those afforded due diligence.


 

Free Confidential Personal Injury Case Review

In order to determine if you have a case, contact the Law Offices of Paul J. Fina for more information. We will analyze the events, liability law, and facts surrounding your case in order to evaluate if you are legally entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our case evaluations are free, and always confidential.