“You need an attorney.” Those words can strike fear into the hearts of many people. That’s because most people think they can’t afford to hire an attorney when they need one.
But that’s not always true. For many cases — including most personal injury cases— you can afford to hire an attorney.
How can we say that?
Because it costs you nothing.
The reason why you can afford to hire counsel for your personal injury case is that most attorneys handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.
Attorneys generally get paid in 3 ways: they charge a flat fee, they charge by the hour, or they work on contingency.
What is involved in charging a flat fee is pretty obvious. The attorney decides on a flat fee to do all the work involved in your case. This is not done very often.
More often, attorneys charge by the hour (at rates that generally start around $200 and go up from there depending on the person’s experience, skills, and location). Hourly fees can get expensive pretty quickly.
A contingency fee agreement, on the other hand, is where an attorney agrees to do all the work in your case and further agrees that he will get paid “contingent upon” your winning (“only if you win”). In other words, if you do not win the case, your attorney will not get paid. If you do win the case, then the attorney will get paid a percentage (usually around 1/3 or 33% or so, but this varies) of the award or settlement amount. Exactly how much of a percentage the attorney will get paid varies depending on how difficult, risky, or complex your case is.
Contingency fee agreements are common in personal injury cases. They allow injured people who now have extra financial burdens caused by medical bills and property damage to afford the representation they need to get the compensation they deserve.
Whenever you file a lawsuit there are “costs” associated with it. “Costs” are things like court filing fees, mailing costs, travel costs to take depositions, transcript costs, and copying costs, just to name a few.
When you hire counsel, your Attorney-client Contract will say what costs you need to pay for and when.
If you have been injured due to the fault of someone else, you deserve to be compensated. Don’t let your finances keep you from hiring the representation you need. You can afford to seek justice.
If you have been injured by the fault of someone else, call us. At the Day Law Group, our passion is helping people who have been wrongfully injured. We offer FREE consultations, and we don’t get paid unless you win your case. We have offices in Baton Rouge and we serve all of Southern Louisiana. Call 225-200-0000 ToDay to schedule your free consultation or contact us here.
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