If I don’t win my injury case, will I owe any money?
We take all of our cases on a “contingency” basis. If we fail to effect a recovery for you, there is no attorney’s fee owed or incurred. You might be responsible for reimbursement of any out-of-pocket expenses or costs only.
How does Tillman & Associates make money off a case?
Under a contingency plan, our fees are calculated as a percentage of the total amount of money we recover for you. In workers’ compensation cases, this is determined by state law and is 25 percent of the benefit we recover for you in the case. All lawyers in Georgia who practice in the area of workers’ compensation must adhere to the same fee rate.
In the area of Social Security Disability, the attorney’s fee is also determined by law. If a Social Security case is successful and the client obtains benefits, the first check, called “back due benefits” goes back to the date of disability in most cases. The fee is 25 percent of all “back due” benefits, not to exceed $6,000.
In the area of personal injury, the contingency fee percentage can vary depending on whether the case has to go into litigation or can be settled prior to litigation.
What is a mediation?
In mediation, both parties sit down with their respective attorneys and a third party mediator. The mediator, usually a retired judge or lawyer with knowledge of the particularly practice area, guides the parties toward a resolution that is acceptable, if not optimal, for both sides. Mediation must be voluntary on the part of all parties, and it can help resolve disputes without the stress and expense of trial. If a settlement can be reached, the case is concluded and does not advance to trial. Many cases are resolved in this manner.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
The duration of a case depends on many factors, including the type of law involved, the number of issues being disputed and the willingness of both parties to negotiate. Injury cases may take anywhere from a few months to several years. There is no guarantee of this, however and it largely depends on the willingness of the parties to find a meaningful and realistic resolution of a case. Workers’ compensation cases vary widely depending on the seriousness of the injury at hand and the state of the ongoing medical treatment for the injury.