Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Your Rating on Martindale.com and AVVO.com?
You want a lawyer rated AV Preeminent on Martindale, the most respected nationwide peer review lawyer rating services. Look for a lawyer with a 10 Superior rating on AVVO, another nationwide rating service.
Clearwater personal injury attorney, Jim Dodson was chosen as one of Tampa’s top-rated lawyers in Tampa Bay Magazine’s special publication, Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition. To be chosen for the Tampa Bay Magazine feature article, an attorney must be listed in Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent. This is the highest peer review rating a lawyer can earn. Jim also has the highest possible ratting on AVVO.com.
Here are some other questions you might want to ask a personal injury attorney before hiring them:
What is a Contingency Fee and Why is it Used in Accident and Injury Cases?
There are two ways for a lawyer to be paid by a client for the work they perform. They can charge a client an hourly rate or use a contingency fee. With an hourly rate, a client is billed each month for each hour the lawyer works. Those bills must be paid each month whether the client recovers on their claim or not.
The contingency fee was created to allow the average person access to the lawyer of their choice without the financial pressure of hourly billing. Under the contingent fee, the lawyer has the risk of not being paid if the case does not result in their client being compensated.