Frequently Asked Questions
At Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo, LLP, we find that many of our clients have similar queries that are relevant to most cases. Because of this, we have included some questions frequently asked of us by our clients here with corresponding answers in the hopes that they will provide some of the answers you are looking for. If you have additional questions or you would like to discuss a matter personally with one of our attorneys, please feel free to contact our office.
Can I afford legal representation?
Attorney and case fees differ depending on the type of case that is being handled. Cases involving commercial and real estate litigation or adoption proceedings, for example, are charged on an hourly basis. Cases in which the plaintiff is filing a suit to obtain compensation for damages are typically handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that we accept no payment for our services unless we first obtain a settlement or verdict for you. In the event of a successful case resolution, our firm will deduct an agreed upon percentage of the total recovered sum as compensation for our services.
At Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo, LLP, we believe that our rates are competitive, and we do everything that we can to help our clients afford the legal representation that they deserve. To give you a better idea of the costs that you can expect, we would be happy to discuss your case with you in person. We offer our clients initial consultations free of charge.
How long do cases typically last?
Because each case is unique, there's no way to determine definitively how long a legal proceeding will last until we actually start the process. We advise individuals who come to us to be wary of firms that promise "quick resolutions," however, because cases, whether they are lawsuits, commercial actions, or adoption proceedings, can be very complex. Though a case may be resolved quickly if the matter at hand is relatively minor and the other party is willing to cooperate (an insurance company acquiescing to a demand letter, for example), we typically tell our clients that a case may take up to a year or longer to reach a resolution.
What is my case worth?
If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, our attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages stemming from an absence at work or inhibited earning capacity, loss of future wages if your injury prevents you from working, and pain and suffering. If the defendant acted with a wanton disregard for the safety of others, it may also be possible to seek punitive damages to punish the negligent party for his or her reckless actions.
Is there a time limit to file a lawsuit?
Yes. The statute of limitation for filing a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Pennsylvania is two years. Any personal injury lawsuits in Pennsylvania must be filed within two years of the plaintiff's injury. We recommend that individuals who have been injured as a result of another party's reckless and negligent actions seek legal counsel as quickly as possible. Preparing for a personal injury lawsuit can be a long, involving process; it is important that you contact an attorney in a timely manner so that he or she has sufficient time to investigate your case, track down witnesses, and develop a legal strategy.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
Whether you are planning on filing a personal injury lawsuit or you are looking to adopt, we believe that seeking legal counsel from a qualified and experienced attorney can prove invaluable. The legal process can be very idiosyncratic, and the requisite tasks of filing a lawsuit or handling a commercial transaction can be daunting to someone who lacks an expert knowledge of the law. At Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo, LLP, located in the heart of Philadelphia, we are committed to helping our clients reach their legal objectives because we understand how tough it can be to go alone.
What should be my first step in pursuing legal action?
The first step in pursuing legal action is contacting an attorney to schedule an initial consultation. We invite you to come into our law office, located on the Avenue of the Arts in Downtown Philadelphia, to discuss your case with one of our attorneys. This will not only allow us to review your case and offer advise on how to proceed, but it will also give you the opportunity to determine whether our firm is able to provide what you are looking for. Please feel free to contact Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo, LLP, today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.