Evaluating and hiring an injury attorney usually involves a initial consultation, which most attorneys provide free of charge. Many attorneys also provide free transportation to and from their offices, to make the process as convenient as possible for the client.
During the initial consultation, your attorney will want to collect as much information as possible relating to the incident surrounding your accident or injury. This includes information regarding your medical treatment, who was involved in the accident, any witnesses, your insurance coverage, as well as thorough information about circumstances that resulted in your accident or injury. The attorney will also usually discuss the costs of the case and the legal fees that you can expect.
After you choose an attorney and have signed a retainer contract, they will begin investigating your case in a process called "discovery." There are 3 forms of discovery - written, document production and depositions.
Written discovery involves Interrogatories, which are just questions about the facts of your case. Document discovery is the gathering of any documents related to your case, electronic or printed. Any party has the right to see documents that are related to a case. Depositions are sworn statements, and you can likely expect to be deposed to get the facts.
Settlement is when the person who is filing the lawsuit agrees not to pursue legal action in return for an agreed upon amount of money. Most lawsuits end in settlement. In deciding whether or not to settle, there are many factors to consider:
We’ve all heard the expression that everyone deserves a fair day in court. We don’t believe that a person’s wealth or intelligence should have anything to do with their right to justice.
If you have been harmed, you deserve compensation. And if insurance companies are using your inexperience to keep your hard-earned money, then you deserve someone with experience and tenacity to get it back.
Our firm exists because we want to help you fight the bad guys, but we know you can’t do it alone. You need people who know the system, the jargon, the rules, so we can beat corporations at their game and give you the outcome you deserve.
Attorney Jesse N. Bernheim is the founding partner of Bernheim Kelley Battista & Bliss, LLC. Jesse is admitted to practice in Florida and New Jersey. Jesse graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 2001 cum laude (with honors) and has been licensed to practice law in Florida and New Jersey since 2001.
“I am a trial lawyer and have been trying cases since my first year practicing law in 2001. I have devoted my professional career to helping people recover damages from insurance companies and large greedy corporations that have acted irresponsibly. My job is to hold them accountable”
Jesse has represented people that were injured in motor vehicle accidents, trucking or motorcycle accidents, hurt by dangerous and defective products, injured from a construction site accident, nursing home abuse victims, negligent security or sexual abuse victims.
Jesse has been instrumental in recovering 100s of millions of dollars for injured victims. He immerses himself in every case and gives each client the personal attention that they deserve so that his clients can obtain the successful outcome they are entitled to.