Akers Law Firm Serves Clients In Charleston And Throughout West Virginia
At Akers Law Offices, PLLC, in Charleston, West Virginia, we take pride in vigorously representing our clients and upholding their best interests. Whether you have a personal injury case or an employment dispute, our firm is prepared to handle your case personally and effectively. We have experience handling a wide array of cases from car wrecks and medical malpractice to workplace discrimination and construction site accidents. Call us at 304-720-1422 or 888-720-1422 to see the difference being represented by a local, independently owned firm can make when dealing with a difficult situation.
Why Akers Law Firm?
When you trust your legal needs to Akers Law Offices, PLLC, we are committed to providing only the highest-quality legal service. What does that mean exactly? When you decide to work with our firm, we promise to always be:
- Honest — We will never tell you what you want to hear, instead of what you need to hear. If you have a valid case, we will tell you. If you don’t, we’ll explain why and what your options are.
- Diligent — Our mission is to recover the maximum amount of compensation for you with the least discomfort possible. To this end, we will diligently explore all avenues for obtaining the money and benefits you deserve while protecting your interests and your personal well being to the best of our ability.
- True Partners — We won’t just show up for you in court, we will be true partners in your case. We will guide you through the challenges of obtaining medical care, accessing insurance benefits, and any other case-related matters you may need assistance with. With Akers Law Firm, you will never have to walk through the process alone.
- Communicative — We will take the time to answer all of your questions and concerns, not just the ones we think are important. Our firm will always keep you informed of your current legal options, the current status of your case and any developments or updates that occur throughout the process.
- We Will Be Trial-ready — Our firm prepares every case with the understanding that it could potentially go to trial, and we need to be prepared for that possibility. Although many claims are successfully settled through negotiation, our careful preparation makes sure you are prepared for all developments in your case and gives you the best opportunity for success.
- Working With Only The Best — As necessary, and in order to provide you with the best possible legal representation, we partner with trusted experts in a spectrum of disciplines — including fields such as engineering, medicine and mining — to gather evidence and develop the strongest possible case.
You Have Nothing To Lose And Everything to Gain
Because our fees are structured on a contingency basis, our firm only gets paid if we successfully recover compensation or benefits for you. Your initial call and consultation are always free of cost and obligation. Contact our Charleston WV law office today.
About JB Akers
JB Akers is a Lawyer in Charleston, WV. He has been practicing law for 20 years. He has a wife and three kids. His wife is a prosecuting attorney. Both JB and his wife know the West Virginia area very well because they were born and raised in WV. He chose to come back and live in West Virginia after his studies. He came from a working-class background that makes him understand the needs of the people they represent.
What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The phrase personal injury lawyer is something that a lot of people have probably seen on Billboards or other advertisements. A lot of people may not understand exactly what that phrase means. I do a lot more than just personal injury work, however, it is a big part of what I do here in Charleston, West Virginia. Personal injury can encompass a lot of different things – some of the more well-known types of personal injury work might be a simple car wreck case, the other types of personal injury may involve sexual abuse cases for example abuse cases by someone who has some sort of caregiver or guardian position over someone. We also may see personal injury cases that involve someone who gets injured while they’re walking through a work site whether they work in the place or they’re someone who just happens to be in an area where work is being done. Any type of personal injury can be anything that involves a physical injury to a person that may or may not require medical treatment. For example, in some of the abuse cases, you may not really suffer a physical injury, but it’s still a personal injury if someone has been sexually or physically abused in some way. Most of the personal injury cases, you’re going to see that we handle in Charleston, remedy cases where someone who’s actually been hurt and they need to go to the doctor because of their injury. Sometimes you know some of the worst personal injury cases can also involve what’s called a wrongful death where someone has been killed as a result of the negligence or some mistake that someone else has made. A personal injury can also involve death cases. We handle all types of that kind of work and not just in Charleston, we do personal injury work all throughout the state of West Virginia too. My firm is licensed to practice law in all federal courts in the state of West Virginia and handle Appeals in the state as well. We truly serve in the entire state of West Virginia.
How to Choose the Right Lawyer in Charleston, WV?
One of the things that Charleston certainly has an abundance of is lawyers. So, it can be difficult for people to decide who they want to hire because of a lot of the people who come see me have never had to hire a lawyer before. They never thought they would so, they really are starting out from square one when they’re trying to decide who to help them with. This is maybe one of the most important or most challenging things I’ve ever faced. So one thing that sets me and my firm apart is we operate almost like a boutique law firm. We purposely have a small firm because we focus on individual client attention. We turn a lot of cases away purposely because we want to be able to focus our attention as best we can on the clients’ cases who we do take. And you will see a lot of law firms who for example advertise very heavily and their business model is to get in as many cases as possible and to turn those cases over as quickly as possible – and that’s not the way we work. Every case we get to the door, we make the assumption that that case is going to actually go to trial. Most cases don’t but that would be better for most of my clients. I work every case like it’s going to go to trial, that it’s going to go from start to finish. And then it may take a lot of time and a lot of work and my goal is not to try to turn these cases over as quickly as I can. I’m going to pay a lot of individual attention to you if my firm takes your case. I think the most important difference between my firm from the other firms you may find in Charleston is the individual attention that your case will get if I’m fortunate enough to be hired.
What Should You Expect When You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
A lot of the people who we deal with have never had to hire a lawyer for any reason before so they come in with all kinds of questions. In the types of cases that my office handles, you are never charged for calling me or coming to sit down with me or me coming to talk to you if necessary. No lawyer should charge you to talk to them. It’s the number one thing that you should expect – a free initial consultation which is what we always give in the type of work that we do. You also probably should expect the lawyer you hire to charge what’s called a CONTINGENCY FEE, which means you don’t get a monthly bill from me, you don’t pay me unless I successfully resolve your case. So, we’ve either got you a result through trial or settlement – that’s how I get paid. If you don’t successfully resolve your case which doesn’t happen often but if it happens you still don’t get a bill from me. I pay all the expenses and you don’t pay attorneys fees for all the work that I do and that can sometimes be significant amounts of work but that’s also something else you should expect if you’re looking at the type of lawyer. I may charge some people by the hour but most of my clients prefer the contingency fee.
I’m always very upfront. I do not give a hard sell to my clients when I’m trying to get them to hire me. I don’t go in and immediately demand they sign a contract with me or make them huge promises. Any lawyer who comes in for example and tells you that they can predict exactly what your case is worth and how much money you’re going to get the first time they meet you, the first thing you should do is turn and walk away from that lawyer or maybe run from them. Those lawyers aren’t being honest with you. I’m gonna be straight up with you from the moment I meet you until we finally shake hands and hopefully we end up as friends. That’s my policy I’m always very candid with my clients and it’s the best type of relationship to have. I never want someone to walk away from me into the case and be upset because what I’ve told you in the very beginning never turned out to be true. I’m going to give you my best educated guess on some things I may have in your case. Probably, I can’t make you guarantees. Something else you should expect from a lawyer who handles these types of cases – the type of work that I do is personal attention. You should have to talk to your lawyer and that’s important. I’ve got great staff in my office and they’re wonderful to talk to but you should have the opportunity to talk to me wherever your lawyer is, whenever necessary so I regularly correspond with my clients via email. My clients are always free to call me if I’m in the office I’ll always pick up the phone. If I’m not there then I’ll return your phone call either the same day or the next day as soon as I’m able to. Another expectation that you should have is personal attention for your case and again because of my roots here in West Virginia coming from a working-class family, I am very familiar with the types of people who generally hire me. They are usually working-class people. I represent people from all demographics but a lot of my clients are working-class people. I’m just extremely comfortable talking to anyone and everyone.
When you contact us, your call and your consultation are free. In fact, with contingency fees, our firm only gets paid if we successfully recover compensation or benefits for you. Contact us and we can meet at our office or travel to you, at your convenience
How Much Does A Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
When you’re trying to figure out how much it’s gonna cost to hire a lawyer that depends on the kind of case that you have. So if you’re going to hire a personal injury lawyer or you’re going to hire a lawyer who’s going to handle an insurance claim you need to hire a lawyer who’s going to help you with an employment situation. If you face some sort of workplace discrimination or harassment, generally speaking, those lawyers are going to charge you what’s called a contingency fee agreement. They’re usually not going to charge you by the hour. I do a little bit of hourly work but most of my work is what’s called contingency work which means that my clients do not pay me unless I successfully resolve their claim either through trial or through a settlement and that’s what most of my clients would want. Most of my class don’t want to get a monthly bill from me. Most of my clients want to pay if we successfully resolve the case and if we don’t for some reason which fortunately doesn’t happen often, then you don’t owe me anything. I pay all the expenses on your case and I pay or I just eat all the attorney’s fees. That’s what most people in these cases should expect – a contingency fee agreement which means I get a certain percentage of whatever is your eventual income. If you are looking at my website to see what type of lawyer I am whether it’s me or someone else, you should probably expect to pay a contingency fee agreement, which is really what most people in these situations want. Usually, this works out better for them and really for a lot of my clients who are working-class people, it’s really the only affordable option for them. If you have more questions about it and you want more details I’m happy to discuss it with you by calling or emailing me.
What To Expect From Your First Meeting With A Personal Injury Attorney?
When you first go to any lawyer whether it’s me or someone else. One of the things you should do during that first meeting is you should bring anything you can along with you but there are some cases where there’s just nothing they can show me at the outset. But if you have documents or pictures or contact information or anything you want me to look at any witnesses you want me to talk to, or stuff available that will let me get to work faster for you, then that would be better for you in your case. You should also not tell anyone that you’re seeking legal help and that’s not because you’re trying to hide anything but the conversations that you have with your lawyer should be confidential. That’s what the attorney-client relationship is about in many ways. We need to have that level of trust and you know that trust should be mutual. I’ve also seen some people ruin their cases by posting confidential things about their case on social media so that’s another piece of advice I would give people. If you think you’re going to be involved in some type of legal case, the last thing you should do is put anything about your case on social media because it’ll just be used against you.
I say even if you don’t think you need a lawyer I tell people to call me, however, I can’t spend all day giving free legal advice because I also need to do stuff that pays the bills. But I talk to a lot of people and tell them that they really don’t need a lawyer and that may sound hard to believe, but there are times some people can probably do just as well with some friendly advice on the road. If you think you may need a lawyer make sure you talk to the lawyer first. We will use a car wreck, for example, there can be multiple insurance policies in issue if this is a tractor-trailer accident or commercial vehicle. There can be complex commercial insurance policies at issue and you just have to be careful who you talk to and you have to be careful in terms of protecting your rights. I would be happy to talk about those issues with people when they call in, and so you know first meeting they’re going to want to have any information that you think I may need. If you schedule that meeting with me, that conversation that we have is something that we keep between us. Just let your lawyer do the work. That’s what you hire me for.
What Are The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Involved In A Lawsuit?
Some of the mistakes that I’ve seen people make if they eventually get involved in a legal case is that it can be easy to say the wrong thing and what that means is that things that you say can very often be taken out of context. After a car wreck, you should always obviously seek medical attention first. I am not saying that the first phone call you should make, should be to a lawyer that’s not what you should do, you should take care of yourself and the people who you care about first. You may be involved in the wreck but if it’s a serious wreck and you think you may need legal help, you should call whether it’s me or some other lawyer who does this type of work. You should call a lawyer pretty soon and that’s to protect your rights. So if you have a case that’s going to involve an insurance claim, it’s never going to hurt to call the office first. If you come to the office and if I don’t think that you need a lawyer I’ll tell you. It’s always better to know ahead of time. I can also say that I’ve seen some people make terrible mistakes by posting all about some event that later results in a legal case on social media. You should rarely if ever post about these on social media so that’s another big piece of advice I give people because your social media accounts may easily get accessed. Remember that social media is not private, the same thing for messages you send. If you send Facebook messages as someone or text messages keep in mind that those things may be what’s called discoverable. If you later have a lawsuit so any messages you send to someone who’s not your lawyer should always be private and if you send something to a friend or a family member maybe even a spouse then that information could be discoverable so be very careful what you talk about, who you talk about it with. Usually, the less you say the better, it’s a good rule to go by.
How Do I Know If I Need An Employment Lawyer?
Because a lot of my clients have never had to hire a lawyer before or have never been involved in an illegal case. One of the questions asked from me is what happens if I actually have to file a lawsuit? And what’s the process? The first thing you’ll do is you’ll come in and you’ll talk to me or I’ll come to talk to you if I need to. I can tell you that you’ll go hire your lawyer if appropriate. If you have decided that the legal representation is right for you. That lawyer should do an investigation first, figure out what happened, who’s involved, and when appropriate file what’s called a complaint which is the legal document and which is your lawsuit. That complaint gets filed in your case. From the day you file your case until the time that it potentially goes to trial, at best, you’re probably looking at a year and it very well could take longer than that. I always tell people up front that that’s probably your best case scenario. This is not an easy process – that’s one thing I tell people. I take this stuff very seriously and so should you because it can be difficult, it can be draining but also very often necessary and that’s one thing my office prides itself on is we try to take as much of the stress off of you as possible. We handle as much of the heavy lifting as much the detailed work as we can without having to call you and ask you to do things. It’s part of why you hire us to take care of this stuff for you and we work as best we can to handle as much of your case as we can without making you do the work yourself if your case actually goes to trial.
We treat every case individually we don’t treat any two clients the same and we’re gonna pay personal attention to you if your case goes to trial. I don’t want to make you think that this process is always going to take a year or more sometimes it doesn’t. If we work on your case and we successfully resolve it that’s when I get paid and all the expenses in the case generally I cover all those as well. I’d love to talk to you about whatever it is whatever challenge you’re facing. If you need a lawyer we’re here to help.