Frequently Asked Questions

What Can Merdes Law Office Do For Me?

We believe in what we do. We help injured people get back on their feet after tragedy strikes. We make a difference and are concerned for your well being. This is why we only work for plaintiffs (injured people). We don’t represent insurance companies or large corporations. We sue them, instead. We want you to receive the medical care you deserve. We want you to recover physically, emotionally and economically. We’ll tell you the truth about what we can and cannot do to help you. We devote ourselves fully to each client. We know the law and know how to use it for your best interests. We trust juries and juries trust us.

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.

My Insurance Company Says It Won’t Help Me.

I’ve Been Hurt In A Wreck. What Steps Can I Take On My Own?

(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.

My Insurance Company Says It Won’t Help Me.

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?

How Do I Know If The Insurance Company Is Offering Me A Fair Settlement?

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.

The Other Driver Had No Insurance. What Do I Do?

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.

You should also expect: (1) A higher net recovery to you; (2) an experienced guide on your side; and (3) relief from worry.
An insurance industry research institution studied personal injury claims processed by the injured person alone, verses personal injury claims handled by attorneys. They found that people who hired attorneys received between 2.5 and 3 times what is paid to people who “go on their own.” Even after paying us 33%, that means you receive almost twice as much. An experienced personal injury attorney guides you through settlement or trial. He/she equals the playing field when dealing with insurance companies. Hiring a personal injury attorney allows you to focus on your recovery, while your attorney focuses on holding the responsible person accountable for your injuries. Make sure you find an attorney you like and trust.

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.

Who Is Going To Pay The Costs And Expenses Of My Case?

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.

What Happens If We Lose?

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.


Attorney Info

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.

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