Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.

    How do I know if I have a case?

    The simple answer to this question is: you won’t know for sure until you speak to an attorney. Although you might play “armchair quarterback” on game days, it is never a good idea to attempt to evaluate the merits of your own legal matter. The law is a tremendously big concept that encompasses a wide variety of areas. An attorney well-versed in your area of law has the knowledge and experience to review your facts to determine if your situation is actionable.

  • Q.

    How much is my case worth?

    I understand why clients try to estimate the value of their claims. Knowing what you can expect to receive can help you plan for the future. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to calculate damages with any specificity. There are several reasons for this. Mainly, there are too many unknowns that go into a plaintiff’s damages. Although things like lost wages and medical expenses are relatively easy to quantify, intangible damages such as future treatment costs and loss of enjoyment of life are truly tough to calculate. Furthermore, any attorney who guarantees a certain recovery is not being honest.

  • Q.

    Will I have to go to court?

    In the majority of cases, court hearings are inevitable. In many cases, they are quite informal and are mostly designed to give the parties a chance to settle their differences and reach a mutually acceptable settlement. Trials, on the other hand, require extensive preparation and the outcome is almost always uncertain. Although the prospect of a trial is intimidating to many people, it does not have to be. If your case gets that far, I will ensure you are well-prepared for the trial process and know exactly what to expect throughout the proceedings.

  • Q.

    How do contingency fees work?

    I offer a contingency fee arrangement to both my personal injury and pharmaceutical malpractice clients. This means I receive nothing if your case is unsuccessful. Even better, you pay nothing up front, which makes it easier to pursue the justice you deserve. In the event we win your case, you must pay a portion of your settlement to the firm.

J. Alan Welch Law