1. How much am I going to get for my case?

Each case is valued on its own merits, and the amount of compensation you receive will depend on a number of issues:

  1. How much insurance is available to pay your claim?
  2. To what extent can you prove your losses, including past and future medical expenses, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, past and future pain and suffering with competent evidence?
  3. To what extent is liability divided between you and the responsible parties?
 Based on the answers to these questions, we can review your evidence and give you a good idea of the value of your claim at the outset. However, this evaluation may change as investigation continues and evidence is gathered.

Since we take our cases on a contingency basis, the net amount you will receive will be the amount of the gross settlement or verdict, minus attorneys' fees, costs, and medical liens.

2. How long is it going to take?

It depends on whether there is a liability issue and whether the insurance company for the responsible party is reasonable in its settlement offer. If your case proceeds to litigation, then it could take as long as two years to get to trial. Bear in mind, however, that cases settle at all stages of pre-litigation and litigation, so there is no way to know in advance how your case will proceed.

3. How much do you charge?

Our contingency fees for personal injury cases are 33.3% if settled before a lawsuit is filed, 40% if settled during the pendency of a lawsuit but before commencement of trial, and 45% if resolved during or after trial. All costs advanced by us will be reimbursed from the settlement after attorneys' fees are deducted.

Our contingency fees for medical malpractice cases are set by statute on a sliding scale: 40% of the first $50,000 recovered, 33.3% of the next $50,000 recovered, 25% of any amount between $100,000 and $600,000, and 15% of any amount above $600,000. All costs advanced by us will be reimbursed from the proceeds before attorneys' fees are calculated.

Cases involving business litigation or contract law will be charged on an hourly basis at prevailing rates.

4. Do you speak other languages?

Yes. Attorney Nora Hovsepian is fluent in Armenian. Her staff includes members who are fluent in Armenian, Spanish, and Arabic.

5. How much do I have to be involved?

We will keep you apprised of the status of your case at all times. If your case settles before litigation, your involvement will be minimal. However, if your case goes into litigation, you will have to make yourself available for deposition, mediation and trial as required.

6. Who pays my medical bills?

If you have health insurance or medical payments coverage on your auto insurance policy, then your medical bills may be processed through those plans. If not, then we can usually make arrangements for your medical bills to be paid on a lien basis at the conclusion of your case.

7. Who pays for my car damage?

If fault for your auto accident is accepted by the other party's insurance company, then it will pay for your car damage at the outset. If not, then your own collision coverage insurance carrier will pay for your damage, less your deductible. We will make every effort to recover your deductible from the responsible party's insurer as your case progresses.

8. What do I have to do?

You need to keep us apprised of your current contact information so we can readily reach you to discuss your case. You need to provide us with all relevant evidence in your possession. You need to appear for litigation appointments as required.

9. Will my insurance be affected?

So long as you are less than 50% at fault for an auto accident, your insurance rates will not be affected.

10. What if I don't have insurance?

California law requires all drivers and owners of vehicles to carry automobile liability insurance coverage. If you don't have automobile insurance, then your ability to recover compensation from any responsible party will be limited by law to only economic damages.