Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains just southeast of Interstate 81, the greater Roanoke metropolitan area is home to more than 300,000 residents. Perhaps best known for the Roanoke Star (or Mill Mountain Star), Roanoke is a thriving community with a wide variety of culture and shopping, ranging from the Taubman Museum of Art to the iconic Black Dog Salvage, an architectural salvage store.
We are proud to be able to provide legal services to those in Roanoke and the surrounding areas, including Salem, Hollins, Cloverdale, and Cave Spring. Our practice is focused on seeking full compensation for the victims of injuries and the families who have lost a loved one due to negligence, helping injured workers obtain workers’ compensation benefits, filing for social security disability benefits and representing clients in benefit appeals, and bringing lawsuits on behalf of whistleblowers against those who have defrauded the federal government in False Claims Act cases. We also represent those who have received speeding, reckless driving, and other traffic tickets.
We offer a free phone consultation, and can be reached 24/7. If you are potentially in need of our services, please do not hesitate to contact us today!
Information About the Cases that We Accept
We have endeavored to provide a wealth of information on this website about the types of cases that our firm accepts. As part of this information in each practice area, we focus on FAQs (frequently asked questions) that we have developed based upon years of practice. Because the facts and circumstances of each case will vary, this information should not be construed as legal advice (we can only provide legal advice in the course of our representation of a client when we have learned about their matter).
About Our Firm – Our Experience, and How We Help
Firm founder Mark Hurt has more than 25 years of legal experience representing a wide variety of clients. During this time he has recovered millions of dollars for injured clients and for the families who have lost a loved one as the result of a wrongful death matter, and on behalf of those initiating whistleblowing cases on behalf of the Federal government under the False Claims Act.
He has also helped countless clients obtain social security disability benefits, and injured workers get the full benefits to which they are entitled. In traffic ticket and speeding matters, he has helped numerous clients avoid high fines, increased insurance premiums, and (in some cases) jail.
Mark is known throughout Virginia for his tenacity and dedicated client representation. Educated at Duke Law School, Mark was awarded Order of the Coif, graduating in the top 10% of his law school class. As an attorney, he has represented clients in a number of state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has also represented clients twice before our nation’s highest court – the Supreme Court of the United States – an extremely rare distinction (less than 1% of attorneys ever appear before this court).
Contingency Fee Representation – Injury, Social Security Disability, Workers’ Compensation, and Whistleblowing (False Claims Act) Cases
We represent clients in injury, social security disability, workers’ compensation, and whistleblowing cases under the federal False Claims Act on a contingency fee basis. This means that there are no up-front fees that are paid by clients, and no fees that are due for our services while a case is ongoing. We are only entitled to a fee if compensation is obtained, which may be through a settlement, administrative award (such as in a workers’ compensation case or social security disability case), or trial verdict. If compensation is not obtained, then you will not owe us anything for our services.
The contingency fee percentage will vary depending upon the type of case. In some situations, such as workers’ compensation cases and social security disability cases, our fee is set by law.
As an example, in social security disability claims, we are only entitled to 25% of the “back pay” (the amount that a claimant is entitled to when a favorable award is first made), with a maximum fee in most cases of $6,000. We do not receive a fee for future disability payments that do not become due until after the initial award is made. Thus for social security disability cases, our fee will typically be much less if we are retained at the outset of a case to file the initial application than if we are retained at the appeals stage, because the “back pay” will be less.
We typically also advance all costs and expenses associated with injury and wrongful death cases. Such costs usually include court costs, the costs for depositions and exhibit preparation, the fees of experts, and other matters. Normally, these costs are repaid to our firm from a successful settlement or jury award.
When we meet with you, we can answer any questions about the specific contingency fee that will apply for your case. We also explain the contingency fee in our representation agreement. You should never hesitate to ask us any questions that you might have about our fee or any aspect of your case.
Fixed Fee Traffic Ticket Representation – Speeding Tickets and Reckless Driving Tickets
We represent clients in speeding and reckless driving matters on a fixed fee basis which is set at the outset of representation. For the convenience of clients, we also accept credit card payments.
This fixed fee applies irrespective of whether a trial occurs. Thus if we represent you in a traffic ticket matter, you will not need to be concerned about receiving a bill for additional legal fees if you decide to take your case to trial.
The Statute of Limitations – Don’t Lose Your Right to Bring a Case
All cases have what are known as the “statute of limitations”. This is the time period by which a case must be brought; otherwise, a person may lose his or her right to seek compensation.
The statute of limitations will vary depending upon the type of case at stake. Once we know about your case, we can advise of the statute of limitations that will apply. In order to make sure that you do not lose your right to bring a case, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible.
Additionally, even after a case is brought, there are other deadlines that will apply. If we represent you, we ensure that all deadlines are met. If you have started a matter without retaining a lawyer (such as a workers’ compensation or social security disability case), and you have received a denial, it is critical to seek immediate legal help so that any appeal can be timely made.
Our Role as Legal Counselors and Answering Your Questions
As attorneys, not only is it our role to provide dedicated representation for our clients, we are also legal counselors. In this capacity, we help clients by explaining how the law will apply to their case, the opportunities for seeking a successful outcome, and the matters that should be carefully considered in some cases (such as whether to accept a settlement in an injury case or to take a case to trial).
We offer a free consultation so that potential clients can ask us questions about their case, and so that they can learn how (and if) we can help. We know that you will likely have many questions about your case (both at the initial stage and as your case progresses); we will be there to answer your questions.
Contact Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
We invite you to contact us today for a free consultation today about your case. Someone will be available 24/7 to take your call, so please don’t hesitate to call us late at night or on a weekend.
We hired Mr. Hurt to help settle a worker’s comp injury case for my husband. Mark, Bart, and Mary worked tirelessly to resolve his case and reach a settlement we were pleased with. They were always available to answer questions and returned calls in a timely manner.