1. Why do I need a lawyer?
According to a 2004 Insurance Research Council Study, automobile accident injury victims received 3.5 times as much money in their settlements when using a lawyer. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights against a powerful corporation can make a substantial impact on the outcome of your case. When serious injuries are involved, do not go at it alone.
2. Why Bishop Legal?
Our law firm has nearly twenty years experience fighting for the rights of our seriously injured clients. We do not back down against powerful corporations and have a proven track record at trial. Our skilled lawyers have successfully litigated cases all the way to the Washington State Supreme Court.
Our law firm handles a wide variety of serious injury cases including construction site accidents, auto accidents, premises liability, and nursing home abuse and neglect. We have thousands of highly satisfied former clients and have received hundreds of referrals from them.
Our law firm is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – The Top Trial Lawyers in America™. This is a very prestigious designation as fewer than 1% of all attorneys are members of this organization. Our firm’s founder and managing attorney has a “Superb” rating on Avvo.com.
Some of our largest awards for clients include: $3,100,000; $2,300,000; $1,000,000 and $1,000,000. In total, Bishop Legal has recovered more than $30,000,000 for our clients.
3. How Much Do You Charge?
At Bishop Legal, our interests are aligned with our clients. We work on a contingency fee basis, which is a percentage of the amount won in the case. The more we recover for our clients, the more we get. We only charge the contingency fee once the case is settled or a verdict is rendered.
Our contingency fee allows seriously injured clients to receive the top notch legal services they deserve without any out-of-pocket costs. This includes immigrant communities and those with low income. With our law firm, clients do not have to pay a fee retainer or have to make monthly payments.
4. Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?
Insurance company adjusters are trained to obtain information that can adversely affect an injured victim’s bodily injury claim. If you are in an accident, you should not give a recorded statement on your own. This is especially true if you are on medication or if your accident recently occurred.
By talking to an insurance company, you could be putting your claim at risk. Some injuries develop over time and you do not want to make statements to which you are uncertain that negatively impact your bodily injury or property damage claims. Insurance companies could use recorded conversations or written forms you have completed to limit or deny your claim.
At our law firm, we prepare our clients for recorded statements and help them with all aspects of their injury claim. We provide our clients with the legal counsel they need to protect their interests.
5. How Long Does It Take To Settle A Claim?
It depends on the severity of your injuries and the length of treatment. Our law firm represents seriously injured accident victims. Many of our clients have injuries that are permanent in nature.
A victim should never rush to settle a case as they can greatly reduce the value of their case. Once a claim is settled, it can never be reopened again. We want our clients to be fully compensated for all damages, past and future.
Typically we formally present our client’s case for settlement once they have reached a point of maximum medical improvement and we have all the needed documentation. We work hard to streamline our client’s cases as much as possible while seeking the maximum possible recovery. In Washington State, the Statute of Limitations, which is the time you have to file a civil lawsuit, is usually three years.