We are a Full-Service Personal Injury Law Firm
At MG Law, our Covington personal injury lawyers work hard to be leaders in the courtroom. We are a full-service personal injury law firm, committed to providing the best legal representation to our clients. In our years advocating for injured victims, we have handled a wide range of different types of personal injury claims. Some of the most notable examples include:
- Car accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Commercial truck accidents;
- Nursing home abuse & neglect;
- Workplace accidents;
- Georgia workers’ compensation cases;
- Professional malpractice;
- Medical malpractice;
- Pharmaceutical injuries;
- Premises liability claims;
- Dog bite injury claims;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Product liability claims;
- Mass torts; and
- Georgia wrongful death claims.
Why Do I Need A Personal Injury Attorney?
There are numerous times that people wonder whether or not personal injury attorneys provide any real value to people. All too often people learn through experiences the true value of services provided by personal injury attorneys.
Many injury attorneys assist people after they are injured through a car wreck that is no fault of their own, and as a result, they must hire an injury attorney to work on their behalf to pursue justice. There are thousands of people that are injured each year, which are able to pursue and acquire justice through the use of an injury attorney.
Class Action Lawsuit Attorney Covington
Personal injury attorneys are also the first group of individuals that are notified when businesses overstep their bounds and seek to maximize profits through illicit or deceitful business practices. This blog post is about one of those times where thousands of Americans were defrauded in the name of profit. A lawsuit filed against Hitachi Maxell, NEC, and LG claimed that these three businesses colluded for price-fixing on their lithium-ion cylindrical batteries.
While this seems unimaginable, not only has the case already been filed, it has already been settled, for $45 million dollars. The results of this settlement mean that these three companies have agreed to pay out monies to those individuals which have purchased electronic devices which use batteries from these manufacturers.
This is not a typo, there are $45 million dollars that will be paid out, to whoever is added into the lawsuit, and who made purchases of electronic devices between the year 2000-2011.
Benefits of Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney
You might be asking yourself a few questions now.
- What are the eligible products included within the settlement? The answer is any person that has purchased any of the products listed below between the years 2000 and 2011.
- Laptop PCs, notebooks, netbook computers
- Mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, digital audition players
- Camcorders, cameras
- Cordless power tools
- Replacement batteries for any of these products
- How can I add my name to the lawsuit?
- Filing a claim form takes just a few minutes, and you do not need to submit receipts. But you have only until November 29 to file.
The next time someone says a frivolous lawsuit, be sure to remember this case, along with countless others which help protect the injured. Not all injuries are visible, but all injuries deserve justice.
Billboards, TV, and radio are covered with lawyer ads offering services with payment arrangements such as, “You don’t pay unless we win” and “No win, no fee.” This is commonly referred to as contingency fee agreements, the payment is contingent on the outcome of the case. For example, if there is a 45% fee on any settlement or verdict in the case, then the attorneys’ fee on a settlement for $100,000 is $45,000 (leaving $55,000 for the client). If the same fee agreement has a verdict of $0, then the fee is $0.
Is this a typical arrangement?
Short answer, yes. In Georgia, the State Bar of Georgia, which governs all attorneys and their client relationships allows for this in the Rules for Professional Conduct Rule 1.5(c) Fees “(1)A fee may be contingent on the outcome of the matter for which the service is rendered, except in a matter in which a contingent fee is prohibited by paragraph (d) or other law.
A contingent fee agreement shall be in writing and shall state the method by which the fee is to be determined, including the percentage or percentages that shall accrue to the lawyer in the event of settlement, trial or appeal, litigation, and other expenses to be deducted from the recovery, and whether such expenses are to be deducted before or after the contingent fee is calculated.”
The prohibited matters are, a domestic relations matter, the payment or amount of which is contingent upon the securing of a divorce or upon the amount of alimony or support, or property settlement in lieu thereof; or a contingent fee for representing a defendant in a criminal case.
What are the rules that govern contingency agreements?
In addition to the Rules for Professional Conduct discussed above, the contingency agreement must be in writing, with a copy given to the client. Also, at the payment of the fee, the lawyer must provide the client with the method of determining the fees, the amount of the attorney fee, and any division of fees with another attorney not at the same firm who helped work on the case. And, of course, payment of that recovery to the client, less any fees. See, Rules for Professional Conduct Rule 1.5(c)(2).
What other amounts may have to be paid back out of the resolution amount?
Keep in mind that other amounts may have to be paid out of your case settlement or trial verdict. This includes payment for medical treatment that was done but not paid for at the time, and a lien exists forcing your attorney to pay it off. Your health insurance provider may be due repayment or “subrogation” for amounts the health insurance provider paid for your medical care that you later recovered through work with your attorney. Even things like unpaid, overdue child support can come out.
What work by the attorney is covered and what isn’t?
It is important to talk to your attorney about what other fees are not included in the contingency fee. The contingency fee should cover all time worked by the attorney, paralegal, and other staff. It should also include all travel by car. Out-of-pocket expenses for the attorney, including the cost of retrieving medical bills and records, filing a lawsuit (about $200 in Georgia), serving the defendant with a copy of the lawsuit, and paying for a court reporter to type down all depositions, hearings, and trials are not included in the contingency percentage fee.
But some attorneys try to sneak other fees in for the client to pay, I have even seen “long-distance phone calls” listed on fee sheets as if it were 1985. At MG Law we never charge extra fees such as long distance.
Types of Cases We Handle
Other Covington Practice Areas
Personal Injury | Auto Accidents | DUI Accidents | Premises Liability | Bicycle Accidents | Pedestrian Accidents | Wrongful Death | Motorcycle Accidents | Truck Accidents | Workplace Injuries | Mass Torts | Child Injuries | Nursing Home Neglect | Pharmaceutical Injury | Environmental Law & Toxic Torts | Crosswalk Accident | Slip & Fall Accident