Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are your fees?
A:We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no attorneys’ fees until we obtain a recovery for you. Also, we pay all expenses (not including your unpaid medical bills), and if we do not obtain a recovery for you through trial, we will not ask you to pay for those expenses. So, you will never pay Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. any monies for fees or expenses until a successful recovery on your behalf. However, should you not follow our recommendations regarding settlement or trial, and a result is obtained not as envisioned, only then may a client have to pay costs. Otherwise, we stand behind our advice and recommendations such that no fees or costs will ever be due us without recovery on your behalf.
Q:Why should I hire this law firm?
A: We care. We listen. We are very thorough and dogged until justice is served. We enjoy helping people put their lives back together and listening to their story and making them feel like somebody cares about their future. For instance, last year a family interviewed several other firms and attorneys, including this office. The family hired this law firm. They told me that we really listened and showed concern for all aspects of their case.
Q: My injury was pretty recent. Should I contact an attorney?
A: Yes. It is easier for an attorney to investigate a case and to talk to witnesses about a case when it is fresh in their minds. It may be that if you delay, it will be much more difficult to locate witnesses or to protect your rights. Most cases require fairly prompt notice to a number of persons and entities and if prompt notice is not given, you could lose all or most of your rights. Some cases require notice of filing very soon after an injury.
Q: Do I have a medical malpractice case?
A: If you believe that your doctor, pharmacist, nurse or hospital made a mistake and you believe that mistake has caused you a serious injury, you may have a medical malpractice case. Our law office consults with experts on medical malpractice cases from around the country and will give you the opinions of those experts if we feel that your facts may support further investigation leading to evidence of a wrongdoing. In order to proceed with a medical malpractice case, an expert must be willing to testify that your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or hospital did not comply with the appropriate standard of care. In fact, a certificate of merit from such an expert must be presented most often even before a case can be filed.
Q:I am afraid to make a claim for compensation, as I don’t really want to go to court. What should I do?
A: While some claims do end up in court, the majority, estimated at 95% to 97% of all cases, settle out of court. For someone who has a substantial injury matter, it behooves one to retain experienced professional representation at the soonest available time.
We work on a contingency fee basis. We do not get paid unless you win.