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Washington DC Unsafe Drugs & Unsafe Products FAQs

Q: Do I need a personal injury lawyer?

A: Filing a lawsuit can be a complicated process, and it can be difficult to resolve your case for the full and fair amount unless you have a thorough understanding of the law and extensive litigation experience. Bertram & Amell have lawyers that specialize in representing victims and their families. We know the law and the opposition knows we mean business. We will work diligently to assert your rights and improve your chances of obtaining the full compensation that you deserve to try to balance the harms you or your love one suffered.

Q: How long do I have to file a law suit and make a claim?

A. An unsafe or defective product is a product that causes harm when used because it was designed unsafe or does not have the right warnings for the public. The harm is not known to the person using the product, which makes it unreasonably dangerous for the user. A product can be considered defective if it is “unreasonably dangerous” for general use. A product may be found to be defective because of a manufacturing, design or a warning defect. If we can prove any one of these defects, the victim can be compensated for the harms suffered by the unsafe product against the manufacturer or sometimes the seller of the product.

Q: How do I know if my case will go to trial?

A: At Bertram & Amell we are very selective and try to limit our cases to those that we believe are very strong. As a result , most of our cases are settled prior to trial or are resolved more quickly and cost-effectively through dispute resolution, like mediation and arbitration. We cannot predict or guarantee that your case will settle. We we can tell you is that cases that our thoroughly worked up and our aggressively pursued will be in the best position for settlement before trial. Our extensive experience and strategy training allow us particular foresight in determining what process will be the most advantageous to you in terms of case development.

Q: I have medical bills and other expenses as a result of my injuries. What compensation can I get?

A: The amount of compensation you are entitled to recover as damages depends on a variety of factors, but can include compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and future medical costs and future inability to work. If a member of your family has died as a result of his or her injuries, your family may be able to obtain compensation for funerary costs, as well as the loss of companionship and support in some instances.

Q: How do I know if a settlement amount is fair?

A: The ultimate decision to settle a case for a certain amount is the client’s decision. With children’s claims in some instances, it has to be approved by the Court. At Bertram & Amell, we will work with you and make recommendations whether we think the settlement offer is fair. We will try to clearly explain the reasons for the recommendations. We have 25 years of experience litigating these cases and we are familiar with what juries and judges generally award in similar cases.

Q: How much will it cost me to file a lawsuit?

A: At Bertram & Amell , there is no cost to meet with a lawyer to discuss your case. If we decided to represent you, then we will work your case on a contingent fee basis only. That means that you do not pay us by the hour. We are only paid if you obtain money in settlement or as a result of a successful trial verdict. If we are not successful in settling your case you do not pay us these fees. The costs of the litigation are also paid by our law firm and then we are reimbursed by you out of the settlement proceeds at the end of the case. We are only ever paid at the conclusion of your case. Contingent fees allow the general public to hire experienced lawyers without worrying about paying expensive legal fees and costs. We can begin your case as soon as you contact us.

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