Frequently Asked Questions
What Can Merdes Law Office Do For Me?
Do I Really Need An Attorney?
Some injured people don’t need an attorney. When injuries are minor, it makes little sense to hire an attorney. When injuries are serious, it usually makes good sense to at least talk to an attorney. It depends on the severity of your injuries. Because we offer free evaluations, you have nothing to lose.
(1) Get appropriate medical care. Actually go to the doctor if you’re hurt. Work hard to get better. Attend all of your medical appointments. The best revenge is living well. (2) Get your car fixed. Call if you need (free) pointers on how to get this done. (3) Do not give recorded statements to ANY insurance company – not the other driver’s and not yours. Wait until you are done treating, off prescription medications, and feeling well again. Then, talk to an attorney before calling the insurance companies. Most will talk to you for free. Be nice. Be firm: “I’m sorry, but I’m not thinking straight now. Please call me back when I’m thinking clearly and not taking prescription medications.” (4) Keep an eye on the 2 year Statute of Limitations. You must file a lawsuit, or settle your case within two years of your injuries, or lose valuable legal rights, including the right to compensation.
Never believe an insurance company. Call a qualified personal injury attorney to see if the insurance company is telling you the truth. Our initial consultation is free. What do you have to lose?
Check with a qualified personal injury attorney. We provide a free evaluation and a free statistical analysis of your claim to see if the insurance company is making you a fair offer.
Alaska law requires Uninsured/Underinsured motorist insurance. That means you may be able to recover your losses from your own insurance policy. This also means your insurance company has every incentive to pay as little as possible. Call for a free evaluation and analysis. Mark or Ward will help you understand all of your rights.
What Should I Expect A Personal Injury Attorney To Do For Me?
You should expect your attorney to educate, advise, and represent you. We will educate you about your rights, the legal basis of your claim and the damages you are able to recover. We will advise you throughout the recovery process as to what to expect and how to best care for yourself. We will be an effective and honest representative for you. We are your voice in your dealings with the defendants, insurance adjusters and other attorneys. We will answer your calls promptly and keep you involved.
How Does Merdes Law Office Charge For Its Services?
We work on a contingency fee basis. That means if we do not win, we do not get paid any fees. Most injury victims cannot afford to pay an attorney by the hour. Our contingency fee is in line with other top-quality attorneys who handle serious personal injuries.
Lawsuits are expensive. Costs must be advanced during the case to hire experts, conduct discovery and prepare for trial. We advance all costs and we say so in our retainer agreement. The client is responsible for reimbursing the costs when the case settles or goes through trial.
In the unlikely event that we lose, you owe us no fees. Contingent fees minimize the financial risks involved with asserting your rights. Select the following link for further information on Contingent Fees.
We help out-of-state clients, injured in Alaska.
Born and raised in Alaska, we have been representing personal injury claimants throughout Alaska since 1952. We know Alaska and we know Alaskans. We are licensed to practice law in California, Washington State and Alaska. Ward has an MBA from Cornell University.
We are experienced with Pro Hac Vice applications. Our office is two short blocks from the Fairbanks state courthouse. We are networked, fully-computerized, have extensive trial experience and pay reasonable referral fees. We are honest, hard-working, well-insured and have never been sued for malpractice.
Merdes Law Office, P.C. is AV rated and certified as Civil Litigation Specialists by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC). In fact, Ward is the NBLSC State Coordinator for all of Alaska. He also serves Alaska on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
If you need co-counsel in Alaska, call toll-free: 1 (866) 452-3741
Free Evaluations. Contingents Fees.