Common Questions About Personal Injury Claims

How much do you charge to review a case?

What is a contingency fee?

What is the time limit or statute of limitations for me to make a claim for injuries?

Will my case go to trial?


How much do you charge to review a case?

An initial consultation to discuss the facts of any potential case is free. In those cases where it appears that the claim is meritorious, Casale & Bonner, P.C., will advance costs necessary to investigate and prosecute the claim. In the event Casale & Bonner, P.C., undertakes formal representation, all costs advanced by Casale & Bonner, P.C., are reimbursed at the time your settlement is disbursed, assuming we are successful in making a recovery on your behalf. Additionally, Casale & Bonner, P.C., will charge a contingency fee, which is paid at the conclusion of your case.

What is a contingency fee?

A contingency fee is a legal fee that is dependent upon the successful outcome of your claim. Most attorneys who specialize in personal injury utilize a Contingency Fee Agreement because injured clients often have difficulty paying their bills and cannot afford to pay an attorney for professional services rendered on an hourly basis. Casale & Bonner, P.C., will agree to a certain percentage for an attorney's fee. If there is no recovery, Casale & Bonner, P.C., receives no fee. By law, Contingent Fee Agreements must be in writing, signed by both the client and the attorney.

What is the time limit or statute of limitations for me to make a claim for injuries?

Different statutes of limitation govern different types of cases. In general, under Pennsylvania law, a personal injury claim must be brought within two (2) years from the date of the accident. However, if the claim is against the government, notice to the government must be made in a much shorter time period. As a result, we urge clients to contact us as soon as possible so that we can assure that all rights are protected.

Will my case go to trial?

Statistically, the vast majority of claims are settled before reaching trial. In Pennsylvania, approximately three percent (3%) of all civil claims actually go to trial. However, it is impossible to predict whether or not a case will settle without trial. As a result, we prepare all of our cases in the same way, assuming that if a reasonable and fair settlement cannot be reached, we are properly prepared to take the matter to trial for the client.


The lawyers at Casale & Bonner, P.C., are always ready to answer your personal injury questions. Call us at 570-326-7044.