Thorson, Switala, Mondock & Snead; LLP
130 West Second Street
Dayton, Ohio, 45402
We represent our clients on a contingent fee basis. Under this arrangement there is no fee unless and until your case is settled or won.
We generally advance all costs on your case and do not expect payment until the end of the case. We will even help you settle your property damage for FREE.
Thorson, Switala, Mondock & Snead, LLP accepts most personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. The contingent fee is the most common form of payment arrangement for plaintiffs seeking representation in personal injury litigation. Instead of billing the plaintiff on an hourly basis, a contingency fee means we are entitled to a percentage of the settlement or trial award . If you do not receive any compensation for damages, our firm is entitled to nothing. The contingent fee is perhaps the one device in law that gives injured people, no matter what their financial means, an even break in the courtroom against giant corporations and insurance companies. Were it not for the contingent fee, people of the middle class or of low economic means would not be able to have their day in court, a constitutional right which corporations and insurance companies fight hard to eliminate.
The "contingent" aspect of the fee means that if there is no recovery, there is no attorney fee owed. There are a number of advantages to this type of fee arrangement, the most obvious of which is the absence of a risk of owing our firm a fee when there has been no recovery. Another important advantage of this type of fee arrangement is the security the client should feel at knowing that Thorson, Switala, Mondock & Snead, LLP has the same incentive as that of the client. The fact that we are willing to handle a client's case on a contingent fee basis is a reflection of the confidence in our ability to obtain a recovery in the case.
The percentage of the award charged on a contingency fee basis depends upon the type of case. Our attorneys advise our clients up front of all applicable fees and openly address any questions our clients may have. Although one case may demand a higher percentage fee than another, all contingency fees are paid only when there is a monetary recovery on behalf of the client.
Payment of Costs
In connection with handling your case, it is virtually certain that Thorson, Switala, Mondock & Snead, LLP will expend funds on your behalf in order to position the case for settlement and/or trial. Expenses run from fees to copy medical records, fees to file a lawsuit, transcript fees, court reporter fees, expert witness fees, and many others. In complex cases, out of pocket costs to prepare the case for trial can run into tens of thousands or dollars. In most cases, we will advance all fees for you so as to enable you to continue with your case through trial.
Jeff Snead joined the firm in 2002 as a named partner and a tested litigator. Jeff provides a well rounded perspective to the practice. Before providing a voice for victims of medical malpractice, Jeff defended doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits and also worked as a staff attorney for judges in the Ohio Court of Claims. Jeff’s insight from behind the bench and as a former defense attorney enables him to anticipate attack and argue for his clients.
Areas of Practice
Ohio 1994; U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio 1996
Ohio State Bar Association; Dayton Bar Association