FAQsWe have successfully represented plaintiffs in civil matters for more than three decades.
Below are the answers to a few of the questions we hear most often. To find answers to questions more specific to your type of case, select from the areas listed under the Practice Areas section.
Q: Why should I hire Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty?
A: Hiring an attorney could be one of the most important decisions you make. Experience, knowledge, dedication and effective resources are major factors that will affect the outcome of your case. You need a lawyer that understands what is needed to fight corporations, negotiate with insurance companies and prove negligence. Our law firm has the extensive experience and dedication you need.
Q: What is my case worth?
A: This is a difficult question to answer because every case is different. One of our experienced lawyers can discuss the specifics of your case with you.
Q: How long will it take to resolve my case?
A: The answer to this question can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the case. For instance, the typical personal injury claim related to a car accident can take between 5 months to 2 years to be resolved. A medical malpractice case can take between 1 and 2 years from the date the complaint is filed to get resolved.
Q: Do I pay attorneys fees?
A: At Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty, lawyers handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that you pay the lawyer a fee only if we resolve your case. When your case is successfully completed you pay him/her a percentage, most commonly 1/3 of the award plus your attorney’s out of pocket expenses.
Q: How does Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty get paid?
A: Legal fees come from a percentage of the total amount of benefits we recover from the insurance company on your behalf. In most cases, however, we are able to require the insurance company to pay our legal fee in addition to also paying your benefits. If the amount of the court ordered fee equals or exceeds the contingency fee, then you receive all of your benefits without any portion being deducted for legal expenses.
Q: How much will it cost to prosecute the case?
A: Even though the costs involved with a case can run anywhere from $20,000 to $90,000 and up, it costs you nothing, unless there is a recovery. Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty will advance the costs of the litigation and charge you nothing unless a settlement or judgment is collected.
Q: Can the insurance company refuse to settle on my car until I sign a release of my injury claim?
A: No. This would be a violation of the rules of the Ohio Department of Insurance.
Q: The other driver’s insurance company wants me to give a recorded statement over the phone. Do I have to do this?
A: No. Not only do you not have to, but you should absolutely refuse to do this. Many people make a mistake or forget important facts in these statements. Others are asked questions that invade their privacy. Do not give such a statement. You are not required to. It never helps, and sometime hurts.
Q: Can I be paid for time off work if I get sick pay from my employer?
A: Under present law, you have the right to be paid your gross ages in full for each and every day you miss because of your injuries. Don’t let insurance adjusters bully you into using your sick pay. Even if your employer paid you while you were off, you have the right to be paid in full at your usual pay rate for every day you are disabled from working.
Q: Can the insurance company tell me which doctors to treat with?
A: No. You have the right to see any M.D., D.O., chiropractor, podiatrist or other medical practitioner who is qualified to treat your injuries; and to have as much treatment as you need to reach maximum medical improvement or to relieve your pain.