What We Stand For – READ THIS FIRST!!!
FIFTEEN THINGS WE DO FOR OUR CLIENTS
Please, before you leave this website or even before you start to scroll around our Website, please read this section. It is extremely important because it tells you specifically what our law firm is really about, what we believe in, what we are doing for all our personal injury clients, and what we have done and continue to do for our past personal injury clients.
First, We return ALL calls. Period! What We Stand For: Mission Statement: Our Mission Statement is to provide effective representation of your personal injury case in a caring, compassionate manner while seeking the maximum recovery possible for your injuries.
For Criminal cases, our Mission Statement is to effectively represent you in all aspects of your criminal charges while treating you as an individual and looking at things thru your eyes.
All Mission Statements sound good, but let’s talk specifics. Any attorney’s website will tell you that they can get the most money for you and that they can do things that Superman can’t even do!!
What we want to do is to take some time and explain to you specifically what we do for all clients.
How do we help our clients? First of all, we do return calls in a big way. WHEN YOU CALL our office and say “it’s important that you speak to me”, and you will get a call back that day. We regularly contact clients and let them know what the status is of their case. Sometimes there is not a lot happening legally, but we do keep in touch with all clients.
Second, when someone becomes a client of our law firm, I, Bernie Tully, with my 30 years of experience, will work with YOU directly. YOUR case will not be handled by a junior associate fresh out of law school. Why is that important?
Other law firms may tell you that the senior partner is going to handle your case. That sounds great. However, unless your injuries are extremely serious, life threatening, or are catastrophic in nature, the likelihood is your case will be handled by a younger associate of the law firm. Not the attorney you envisioned when you signed on with them. That is not how we do it at our law firm. If you become our client, you will have me or someone with as much experience as I have, handling your case. That is our promise to our all clients. I am 63 years old and I have been doing personal injury cases for over 30 years. I have been out of law school longer than I care to admit to anyone.
Third, we copy you, (if requested), on all correspondence and records in your case. We also provide copies of all your medical records as we accumulate them if you want us to.
Fourth, we follow up on a regular basis with all clients and check in with them about how they are coming along medically. We do not just sign clients up and then talk to them two years later, as we have heard some other law firms do. We stay in contact with our current and former clients. We like to think our clients become like family to us.
Fifth, we ask all our clients, at the beginning of the case, how often they want us to contact them. Some clients want us to contact them weekly, and other clients want us to call them monthly. Some clients don’t want us to contact them at all until we have an offer on the case. That is fine with us. We tailor our response to our client’s needs based on what their comfort level is.
Sixth, for all of our current clients, we provide them at no charge a free monthly Newsletter. In the monthly Newsletter, which I write myself each month, we talk to them about important things that are going on in the law and how those things possibly affect their case. We hopefully provide some humor in the Newsletters and take a different approach in writing it than you might expect from an attorney. You can check out some of our current Newsletters that are on our Home Page.
Seventh, we have a free monthly drawing and if you are one of our clients or even a prior client, you may have a chance to win a free $50.00 gift card or other prizes of similar value each month. We have the drawing once a month and we ask a ridiculously easy question for anyone that reads the Newsletter. To answer, all you need to do is call in to Mary, our trusted secretary, at 800-518-0050 with the answer!
The person who calls in with the correct answer is then placed in a drawing. At the end of the month we draw a name from the correct answers and that person wins a $50.00 gift card of their choosing. No obligations, no commitments and no money required – All Free!!
We feel we must be doing something right because we have almost 5,000 former and current clients whom we send the monthly Newsletter to. Again, this is sent to the client for free and it is published each month.
We also feel we are doing right by our clients because about 75% of our new clients are referred to us by current or former clients. That is huge! Think about it. Obviously, clients would not be referring us to friends, neighbors, and associates if they didn’t think we did a good job for them in their case. Consider that when deciding whether you should call us.
Eighth, for our current and past clients we notarize important documents for them at no charge. I am a Notary Public and Denise, one of our Paralegals, is also a Notary Public. We will provide you with the appropriate notary seal so that your important documents can be sent to the right places. This service is a lifetime one for you whether you are a current or a former client. Did we mention to you that we do that service for our clients for free?
Ninth, we give our current clients a realistic value of their case and what their injuries are worth. Some attorneys and some law firms will tell you your case is worth millions and millions when you initially sign on with them. We evaluate your claim realistically and honestly. We will not tell you your case is worth a million dollars if it is only worth $50,000. Of course, none of our current clients come back to us and say why did you tell me my case was worth ten times more than the insurance company actually offered? The reason they don’t say that is because we are realistic in our evaluation of their injuries.
Tenth, we tell our current clients why we think the case has the value that it does. It is not just enough to tell our clients that their case is worth $50,000. We explain to our current clients how we arrived at that number. It might be because of the type of injury the client has, or it might be because of what past juries have given in this area for a similar type of injury. Regardless of the reason why, we will at least have a thorough discussion with our clients about the value of their claim.
Eleventh, we will not settle the claim of a current client or a past client without their specific approval. We suggest to our current clients what the value of their case is. We update current clients regarding what the insurance company offers to settle the case. We advise current clients what we feel the case is worth. However, we always follow the client’s wishes. Even if we disagree with our clients and their assessment, we believe our clients control how they want to proceed in their claim. Why? Because they are the ones who have suffered the injuries!!
Twelfth, if they want, all current clients get my personal cell phone number that they can call us 24/7. That means you don’t have to go thru a receptionist or secretary to get to talk to me if it is important. You get my personal cell number and I am available 24/7 to all current clients except during Pittsburgh Steeler games.
Thirteenth, all current clients get our written guarantee that they will not be charged any fee unless we get a recovery for them. Further, we give all current clients a written guarantee that they will not be charged any money for costs incurred in pursuing their case, unless their case settles or we get a jury verdict. For example, in order to get hospital records, the hospitals charge us a fee to obtain the records. The same applies for medical doctors and their records. They all require payment before they release the records.
We pay that money up-front for you. Again, if you do not get a recovery, you do not owe us a penny. In addition, you don’t owe us a penny for the records we accumulated in your behalf. We eat those costs as the cost of doing business.
Fourteenth, all our current clients get the experience and stability of an established law firm. We have been in business for decades. Our Paralegals, Jennifer and Denise, have been with me many, many years. Mary, my secretary has been with me for a long time also. The same goes for our two private investigators. Ditto for our Economics expert. All this spells one thing and that is stability. We are not a fly-by-night law firm that jumps around from one office to another and takes a scatter gun approach to things. We have a system in place to handle accident cases. All our current clients get the value of our stability and long term knowledge of the legal landscape in Western Pennsylvania. All our current clients are assured that we will never yell at them or scream at them or use a loud voice toward them. That is just not our style. We have been doing this too long to do those types of things. We treat our clients with compassion. We look at things from their eyes. We don’t look at things from the insurance company’s perspective or from the Court’s perspective. Our goal is to represent our current clients first and foremost.
I can relate to your injuries. I am north of fifty five years. I am married and we have 5 children – one (Beth) is a Phi Beta Kappa college graduate and is happily married with three children. Our oldest son, Kevin, is a lawyer. Our twins are in their second year of law school. Jessica goes to Dickenson (Penn State) Law School. Michael goes to Duquesne Law School. Katie is a senior at Penn State University and a Phi Beta Kappa candidate. Katie is pursuing a degree in psychology.
You may be married. You may have children yourself. You also know what is involved in raising a family. You go to work every day and try to do the best you can for yourself and your family and the people who count on you. Those people are our clients.
The point of all this is that our law office can relate to you. We feel what you are going through with your injury claim.
When you retain us to represent you, you become part of our family. Wouldn’t you want family representing you in your injury case?
Fifteenth, in auto accident cases, we help our current clients get the fair market value for their car which was damaged in the auto collision. And we do it for free! We do not charge anything for helping our current clients receive fair value to replace their damaged automobile or to repair it. That is just a free service we do for our current clients.
So there you have it. That is what our law office is all about. That is how we are different from other law firms. That’s how we treat our current clients. Would you like to be treated the same way? We have about 5,000 current and past clients that we have represented over the years. Clients would not be referring us their friends and relatives if they didn’t think we did a great job or that our staff was not caring and understanding.
Does that make sense to you? If you think that our law firm would be the type of law firm to represent you and your injuries, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you.
Remember that the initial consultation and even the second consultation are free. Remember, also, that just as with our current clients, you do not pay any money at any time to us unless we get a recovery from the insurance company or from a jury!
Finally, keep in mind that if we do not get you a recovery, you don’t owe us for anything including the costs we have expended in pursuing your case. And the money you receive in the settlement for your pain and suffering is tax free.
Why not become one of our current clients by calling us now at 800-518-0050 ? We treat you like family!!