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Civil litigation is simply non-criminal litigation. Civil litigation cases may go to trial or arbitration/mediation or may be settled between the parties. Civil litigation also includes personal injury (auto accident, slip and fall, dog bite, etc.), medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, contract and real estate disputes are just a few examples.
Essentially, you have 2 years from the date of an accident/injury to file a lawsuit. Although it is important you do not wait. You should call an attorney immediately so that your case can be properly assessed, all evidence is secured, photographs and medical records are timely obtained. This is vital before a reasonable settlement demand can be made.
Our fees vary based on the case. Except for personal injury cases, our fee is hourly and based on our time spent performing legal work. In a personal injury case there is no fee unless we obtain a settlement or court judgment on your behalf. Criminal cases, such as DUIs or summary offenses, may have a flat fee or we may require a retainer for a more complex case which will be charged on an hourly basis. Certain document preparations are on a flat fee basis and civil litigation cases are often charged at an hourly rate. Call us to discuss your type of case and review our fees and rates.
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It is not required to have an attorney at your appeal hearing, but the municipality and/or school district will have legal representation. Our attorneys have the knowledge and often the relationship with opposing counsel to possible negotiate a settlement on your behalf. We can also assist you if you need to appeal your assessment to the next level.