Frequently Asked Questions

Below I will try to answer frequently asked questions, but if you have any other questions not addressed below, please call or email me.

 

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How are you paid?
AI am paid a contingency fee (a percentage fee) applied to any recovery made on behalf of the client and I am reimbursed any advanced costs expended on the case. “Advanced costs” do not include normal business expenses like photocopying, but, instead, it covers expenditures made that are reasonably necessary to prosecute your claim such as purchasing police photographs, medical records, depositions and etc. My standard contingency fee is one-third (1/3).

 

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Will I have to pay you out of my pocket for anything?
ANo. You only pay me if there is a recovery. If there is no recovery, you do not owe me anything, including the reimbursement of expenses.

 

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How long do I have to file an auto accident claim?
AWhen filing a claim against a third-party who caused your injuries, you have 2 years from the date of the last payment issued for your no-fault benefits. If you represent someone who died as a result of the negligence of another then your statute of limitations is 1 year. If the person at fault does not have insurance or not enough insurance to satisfy your claim, you may need to present a claim of Uninsured Motorist Benefits or Underinsured Motorist Benefits and then the statute of limitations can be only 1 year.

If you were driving a motorcycle at the time of your accident and you do not have no-fault, your statute of limitaitons can be one year. There are circumstances that can change the statute of limitations, so please contact the Troutman Law Office to be sure you are not outside the statute of limitations.

 

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Will you meet me in my home or other location?
AYes. In fact, most of my clients request that I meet them at home or at work and I am happy to provide this service.

 

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How long does it take to resolve my claim?
AIt varies. Normally, I do not want to resolve your claim until you have reached your maximum medical improvement (a term of art meaning a point in time when your medical condition will no longer improve), which can delay a resolution for a year or more depending on the nature of your injuries and treatment. Normally, if a case is settled prior to a lawsuit being filed, it will be resolved within 6-12 months from the time you retain me. If a lawsuit is necessary, then it will take a year to reach the trial date, but many cases are settled at some point during the litigation. Statistically, over 90% of all cases settle without the necessity of a trial.

 

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If a lawsuit is filed how do I participate?
AYou participate by providing information to me, by attending a deposition (a statement where you answer questions posed by opposing counsel), mediation (an organized settlement conference with a mediator) and trial. Of course, if there are settlement negotiations, then you will decide what to offer or demand.

 

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If I have a question, what is the best way to communicate with you?
AEither by phone or email. I am also willing to come to your home or work if necessary.

 

"Matt is able to be more aggressive in his representation and he gets the best results possible.
I have a lot of trust because of the integrity that I know is there."

Germaine Bivin | Louisville, Kentucky

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