Do you afford lawyers’ fees?
DO YOU AFFORD LAWYERS’ FEES?
Lawyers fees can be high, but fortunately under DBA, injured employees do not pay any lawyers' fees.
SOME INJURED EMPLOYEES MAY NOT HIRE A LAWYER SINCE THEY ARE AFRAID OF HIGH FEES. BUT DBA IS DIFFERENT.
One of the most beneficial aspects of Defense Base Act (DBA) is the fact that injured employees or family of deceased employees do not have to pay any lawyers’ fees.
Do DBA lawyers receive any fees?
Yes, DBA lawyers like other lawyers receive fees. But the mechanism works in a different way here. Unlike other fields of law, under Defense Base Act, an attorney is not allowed to take a certain percentage of client’s settlement amount. The final fees and costs have to be approved by a judge at the end of each case. Watch our video for more information.
Who takes the risk?
When we accept any DBA case, we take a huge risk. While we have a very good record in winning and finalizing DBA cases, there might be circumstances that a case can be unsuccessful. In such cases, our clients do not have to reimburse us for any expenses or time spent on their case. Garfinkel Schwartz even goes as far as to pay for a client’s initial medical assessment.
Who pays the bills then?
As most of the DBA disputes arise because of an insurance company denying payments completely or partially, once a case is settled, the insurance company involved has to pay the lawyers’ fees and expenses both for their own lawyers and the attorney for the injured claimant.
Once we win the case, all our fees are paid separately without deducting it from your settlement. Garfinkel Schwartz takes all the financial risk to help you so you do not have to worry about that.
If you are injured on duty and even before you are deployed overseas, you can always contact Garfinkel Schwartz Law Firm and send us your questions. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
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