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Filing a Lawsuit
I’ve been hurt and think I have a legal claim. What should I do about it?
If someone or something has caused you injury, you should definitely locate a lawyer and discuss your situation. A lawyer can help you organize your thoughts, objectively evaluate the situation, determine what harm you suffered, and what the subsequent damages are. A lawsuit may be the only way you can become compensated for any damages. These could include medical and health care bills, loss of wages and financial reward for your family if you don’t survive. Weitz & Luxenberg has a Client Relations Department that can be reach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 476-6070, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How long do I have before my right to sue disappears?
Due to a law called a “statute of limitations,” most legal claims die out after a few years. The time frame is different for each state and often depends on the specific details of your case. For example, if you are ill, there is a limited amount of time from when you receive your diagnosis to when you can file a claim. The smartest thing to do is contact a lawyer as soon as possible. A good lawyer can help you determine how many years, months, or days you have left to file your lawsuit.
If I file a lawsuit, what happens next?
Unlike the dramatic courtroom cases you see on television, in real life lawsuits involve lots of research and paperwork. The lawyers at Weitz & Luxenberg can help you navigate this legal red tape. Civil lawsuits also involve settlement discussions, which can allow you to receive compensation without the time and risk associated with a trial. If your case goes to trial, your lawyer will go with you. A trial result may be determined by a judge or jury.
Are mass tort and class action lawsuits different?
Yes. In a class action suit, lots of individuals are put in a legal group and all sue the same person or organization. A mass tort is more individualized. Although there is only one overall action, you receive more personal attention. There are multiple lawsuits going on, not just one, but they are all being handled at the same time and may be resolved with a single settlement.
Choosing a Lawyer to Work With
How do I pick a lawyer?
The key to having a successful lawsuit is picking the right lawyer. You should use one who has experience with the type of case you are filing. Look for a firm that has received large verdicts and settlements in cases similar to yours. Then talk to the lawyers and ask questions. You want to pick someone who understands your situation and that you feel comfortable with. Weitz & Luxenberg has a Client Relations Department that can be reach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 476-6070, or by email at email@example.com.
How can I afford to pay for a lawyer?
Weitz & Luxenberg is a personal injury firm. We work on a contingency basis. That means that unless you win, you don’;t pay us anything. If you do win, we keep a portion of the money you receive from your lawsuit.
What happens after Weitz & Luxenberg takes my case?
We start with a process called “discovery.” Lawyers for both sides try to discover any evidence that exists and how it proves or disproves your claim. During this time period, you’ll need to answer a lot of questions about your injury, how it occurred, and what medical treatment you received. You’ll probably have a medical examination by an independent doctor. This provides an unbiased opinion of your medical condition.
Is there anything else I’ll have to do?
You’ll also probably give a deposition. This is testimony provided under oath that is recorded and used later in court. The defendant’;s lawyer asks you questions. Then we ask the defendant questions. We’ll prepare you for the process and be right next to you when it’;s going on, to make sure it is fair and legal. We’;ll also be right by your side if the case doesn’;t settle and goes to trial. Part of our job is preparing you for any legal step that has to be taken and making sure you have the information you need.
How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help You
How does Weitz & Luxenberg approach a case?
The lawyers here believe that everyone who has been injured deserves the chance to receive compensation from the person or company that hurt them. Many large firms think that they can get away with taking advantage of you — they ignore the “little guys.” Weitz & Luxenberg was created in 1986. Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg founded their firm on the belief that everyone in America deserves a chance to be heard. They approach each case as if it is their most important and do the best work they can for each client.
W&L doesn’t have an office nearby. Can I still hire you to represent me?
Yes. We can handle cases from all over the U.S. and Canada. We even have other international clients. We can even come to your home to help you through the process if we do not already have an office in your state.
In what areas of law does your firm practice?
Our lawyers have defended victims’; right in many specific areas for decades. We have been litigating in the areas of mesothelioma since the beginning. Recently, we received the largest verdict in New York for this type of lawsuit — $190 million. We won on behalf of five men who were exposed to asbestos when they worked as plumbers, boilermakers and construction workers. We’;ve also had a lot of success in helping veterans, especially those who served in the Navy, get compensated for their exposure.
Our firm has earned a reputation of excellence in mass tort litigation. We also have extensive experience in accident, injury, medical malpractice, environmental pollutant and consumer protection lawsuits. Our drug and medical device litigation department handles cases dealing with faulty hip and knee replacements, as well as drug recalls.