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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a lawyer?

A lawyer acting on your behalf will ensure that wrongful actors are held responsible for their conduct. Even when wrongdoers accept responsibility, insurance companies are in the business of making profit by taking in premiums and reducing the amount of claims that are paid out. It is important to have a lawyer to make sure that you are being compensated the full amount you are entitled to under West Virginia law. Only a lawyer will be able to assess the full extent of your harms and losses.

Why should I hire Barney Law PLLC?

Television is polluted with ads from lawyers with slick slogans and marketing campaigns. There are many good lawyers in the Charleston area. Nevertheless, if you desire individualized attention, from a down-to-earth lawyer, Barney Law PLLC will be a good fit for your case. Sometimes, law firms use paralegals to deal with clients and the client has very little contact with the attorney. Barney Law PLLC is not a television law practice. Individualized attention is given by the attorney to each client. When you call about your case, you will speak with your lawyer.

Barney Law PLLC’s record speaks for itself. Mark Barney has been recognized for his outstanding work in the legal field. He is rated by his fellow attorneys and members of the judiciary as an “AV Preeminent” attorney, the highest rating an attorney can obtain. Mark Barney has received the “Lead Counsel” rating based upon professional experience, peer recommendations and his spotless record. He has been named to the list of “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. Additionally, he received the Global Award in 2016 from Corporate Live Wire for his work in Labor & Employment Law.

If you are looking for individualized, aggressive legal representation, Barney Law PLLC will be a good fit.

How much does Barney Law PLLC charge?

In the typical injury or wrongful discharge case, Barney Law PLLC operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that a percentage of the total amount recovered is used to pay for legal services. Costs and other expenses are also taken out of the recovery. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing and there is no attorney’s fee or cost. The percentage of the contingency fee is based upon the complexity of the case.

In other cases, typically unrelated to the personal injury or wrongful discharge, Barney Law PLLC operates on an hourly basis. This is case specific and depends on the unique legal needs of the client.

How do I make Mark Barney my attorney?

Call now for a free initial consultation. After learning about your case, Mark will discuss it with you and determine the best way to proceed. Barney Law PLLC understands that if you are injured, it can be a real burden to meet with a lawyer at an office. Mark Barney is happy to meet with injured clients in the hospital or at their homes.

As a matter of policy, Barney Law PLLC does not accept a new client without first investigating for possible conflicts of interest and obtaining a signed engagement agreement.

What is value of my case?

Oftentimes, the first question a potential client has is “what is the value of my case?” As a rule of thumb, if a lawyer immediately tells you that your case is worth an exacting number of dollars, be weary of that lawyer. The valuation of a case only occurs after a detailed examination of liability and damages. Even then, Barney Law PLLC recognizes that cases are not always about money. Lawsuits oftentimes seek to force companies to follow the law and protect others who may be affected in the future by wrongful conduct.