If We Don’t Win, You Don’t Pay… Attorney’s Fees
If you have hired a personal injury lawyer in the past, they would have explained to you that personal injury cases are handled on a contingent fee basis. The only way an injured client pays the full attorneys’ fees is if the personal injury lawyer handling the case wins the case. The person injury lawyer cannot charge you attorney’s fees if:
- The lawyer closes your case (might retain an interest);
- The lawyer is unable to settle your case;
- The lawyer goes to trial and loses;
If your personal injury lawyer decides to close your case or, you decide to fire your lawyer, that lawyer will typically retain a right to a part of the fee if you decide to hire another lawyer and the case is won. By agreement in the original contract, the lawyer you fired will usually have a right to a fee based on the work he or she has done on your case up to the point of the termination. Sometimes, in these circumstances, the fired personal injury lawyer will waive any interest in the fees but, as with most things, it must be in writing.
Contingent Fees Allow Injured Individuals to Hire a Lawyer?
As your personal injury law firm, we will make sure we explain to you how attorneys’ fees are paid in your personal injury case. As mentioned above, a contingent fee is one that is charged when the case is won. That means that your lawyer gets paid only if he or she is successful at obtaining a favorable result in your injury case. The fee paid will be a percentage of the total personal injury settlement or trial result. That percentage will be disclosed to you in your original contract.
Contrary to what many people believe, it is standard practice at the time of hiring a lawyer, for a personal injury lawyer to request that a client agree to pay a set percentage for attorney’s fees once your reach the conclusion of the case. This fee arrangement allows many injured individuals to hire a lawyer when that would otherwise not have a way to pay for representation. The personal injury lawyer carries the expenses in the case and does not collect or bill for any attorneys’ fees until the conclusion of the case.
Attorney-Client relationships are built on trust and confidence and, your lawyer should be able to answer most, if not all, of the questions you have about the contingent fees that will be paid in your case. Do not hesitate to ask for an explanation of attorneys’ fees if you need more information.
Attorneys’ Fees Should Not Keep You from Calling for A Free Injury Consultation
Whether you are injured in a work incident or a serious car crash, attorneys’ fees should not keep you from contacting a personal injury lawyer. Because attorneys’ fees in an injury case are contingent on winning, there is no charge for a consultation in your case. Even if you are unsure as to whether or not you have a good personal injury case, you should not hesitate to call a Sandoval Law Firm, PLLC for a free legal consultation. The only time a personal injury lawyer can act on your behalf is if you have actually signed a contract hiring that lawyer so you shouldn’t be worried that someone is going to find out that you spoke with a lawyer.
At our personal injury firm, you are going to speak directly with me, Attorney Sandoval, throughout the course of your case. I will be involved in your case and make sure that I answer any questions you may have. I have had several clients tell me that they are not used to actually speaking and meeting with the attorney handling their case. At our firm, we do our best to address our clients concerns every step of the way.
Call and put Sandoval to work for you!