What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My fees are contingent on all cases. That means you pay nothing unless I win or settle your case. One-third for PI and 20% for workers' comp.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In Illinois, lawyers are required to do so.
In addition, I am the co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Solo and Small Practitioner Committee, five years running. I am in charge of obtaining speakers, deciding on topics of continuing education, and organizing an annual seminar. I look at it as my way to give back to my profession.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I like people and I wear my liberal bias on my sleeve, along with my heart.
I fight for the person, the individual, against the large corporation, the insurance behemoth, the system.
What types of customers have you worked with?
There is nothing run-of-the-mill in personal injury and workers' compensation cases!
Every case is unique as is every client. We work hard to focus on this uniqueness in evaluating the course of action, the value, and the needs of the client.
No case is ever resolved unless our client is satisfied!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently, I resolved a case where my client had been rear ended by a semi-truck in a construction zone. I flew to 2 separate states to take depositions, worked hard, and reached a great settlement providing the client with mid-6 figures tax-free in her pocket.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look to our website or blog at www.hofflawyer.com for specific tips on choosing a personal injury or workers' compensation lawyer.
In addition, interview the prospective lawyer and see if he or she is really listening to you and responding to your questions. Do you feel comfortable with this person?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That so many of us injury lawyers are not only good people, but, that contrary to popular belief, we are not "greedy trial lawyers."
Rather, we are fighting to right wrongs and hold those responsible for things for which they should be responsible.