How It Works

Garmer & Prather, PLLC, handles most of its cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means if we decide to take your case, we advance all of the expenses to pursue your case to its conclusion. Those expenses, and our attorneys' fee, are then deducted from any recovery you receive at the end of the case. If there is no recovery, typically you owe nothing to our firm.

To start the review of your case, simply call us at 859-254-9351 or 800-486-7083 toll free or email our office. One of our attorneys or professional legal staff will call you back, usually by the next business day, to learn more about what happened to you. An attorney will then analyze the information you give us.

If we decide to look into your case further, we will typically request medical records, police reports, outside investigations that have already been done, or anything else that may help in our investigation. This can take a while. On average, it takes at least six weeks from the time we request hospital records until we receive them, but sometimes it can take much longer. Next, we often must have the evidence reviewed by an expert in the field (a doctor, an engineer, or anyone else who can shed light on a potential case). Sometimes this can happen quickly, but often it takes 90 days or more to review a case and determine if we can file it.

It is important to call early. In Kentucky, many cases must be filed within one year of the date of injury. There are certain exceptions for car wrecks, for claims by children or adults who cannot manage their own affairs, and for some types of claims. But until you talk to an attorney, you will not know for certain when your claim must be filed. The earlier you call, the earlier we can start reviewing your case; if you wait, we may not have time to evaluate it before the filing deadline, which means we might have to turn down an otherwise strong case.

Litigation is expensive. The cost of bringing a serious injury case, before attorneys are even paid, include gathering evidence, hiring expert witnesses (and extensive travel to those experts), paying court reporters for depositions, and more. A serious injury case can cost your attorneys tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring to trial.

Typically, clients pay nothing up front and nothing unless we recover money for them. As your attorneys, if we take on your case, we accept the risk. We have other fee arrangements available as well, including hourly fee, shared expenses, and hybrid arrangements, if a typical contingency fee agreement is not right for you or your case. Please contact us to talk to an attorney about your options.