After you are injured due to the negligence of someone else, you will probably need to retain an attorney to represent you, advise you about your legal rights, help protect your rights. This holds true for car crash cases, slip and fall incidents, dog bites, and medical malpractice claims. The question then becomes, how do you pay for a personal injury lawyer?
The Contingency Fee Agreement
The way to hire a personal injury attorney is through a contingency fee agreement. The contingency fee agreement, simply put, is a fee agreement that states you only pay your attorney if you settle or win your case. The fee is a percentage of the settlement or judgment that the lawyer is able to obtain in your case. If for some reason, there is no settlement, or you lose your case, then there is no attorney fee: You don’t have to pay your lawyer.
Benefits of a Contingency Fee Agreement
There are several advantages to a contingency fee agreement. The most obvious advantage of a contingency fee agreement is that it motivates the attorney to get a good result for you. Not only does the attorney not get paid if he fails but he gets paid more if he does well. This will keep him motivated to do his best.
A second advantage is that it allows an injury victim to get an experienced attorney who understands cases. As attorneys gain experience they command a higher price. However, with a contingency fee, the injury victim pays the same attorney fee but gets a more experienced attorney.
Third, you know that the attorney working on a contingency fee basis will only take a case that has real merit. This means that you will not get an attorney who strings you along charging you to work on a case that has no chance of success.
Costs and Expenses
Another reason for contingency fee arrangements is that the attorney will often front most of the costs for a case. Many personal injury victims would have difficulty paying the costs of a case without the backing of a larger law firm like Whitener Law Firm.
Litigation is expensive. Not only are there the costs of collecting evidence and medical bills and records. There is also the expense of litigation. Filing the lawsuit and serving the at-fault party could mean the process can become expensive. It will also take money to take depositions, hire experts and prepare the case for trial.
Whitener Law Firm’s Contingency Fee
Whitener Law Firm works entirely on a contingency fee basis. Our contract states that there is no fee unless we settle or win your case. This is because we know that most individuals cannot afford attorneys and the insurance company would trample their rights if we didn’t go to bat for so many accident victims.
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, call Whitener Law Firm to find out what we can do to get you the money you deserve. For a free consultation regarding a personal injury claim, contact us at 505-883-7877.
There is NO FEE unless we win your case.