After being injured by someone else, you may be reluctant to file an insurance claim or lawsuit. Most people avoid these things if they possibly can. One reason might be that you feel as though you cannot afford attorney’s fees. The good news is that when individuals choose to file lawsuits against negligent parties, they seldom pay anything out-of-pocket or up front.
This system developed front the realization that oftentimes, injured parties have sustained big economic hits – incurring big medical expenses while losing income from being out of work.
Most injury and wrongful death lawyers work on a “contingency fee” basis. This means that your lawyer will only be paid if you win your case. While a big risk for your lawyer, this consumer-friendly system helps to ensure that you can always afford to pay for an attorney’s services no matter how much financial stress you have following an injury.
Contingency Fee Basics
Almost all lawyers who represent injured people and families of people who have been killed by others work on a contingency fee basis. Be wary of a lawyer who charges you hourly fees or a large retainer to begin working on your injury or death claim – that is not the standard for even the best lawyers in the United States. If your case is lost, you will not be responsible for your attorney’s fees.
Why is a Contingency Fee Arrangement Beneficial to Consumers?
The main advantage of a contingency fee is that it allows anyone to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim regardless of their financial situation. Additionally, because your lawyer won’t receive payment unless you do, they will have the ultimate motivation to win your case. This aligns your lawyer’s interests with yours during every step of the process.
Lawyers to represent people on a contingency fee are careful about the cases they choose to accept. They want to be sure they will get fees, so they carefully evaluate whether they believe your case is winnable. Whether you were in a car crash with a negligent driver or were injured by a fall or a defective product, finding a lawyer to represent your case is a good sign.
What Are Some Examples of Expenses in My Case?
Costs of personal injury litigation can be significant but you do not need to cover these upfront. Your lawyer should provide the funds for your case expenses as the claim unfolds. In addition to taking their fee from your settlement or award, injury lawyers can also subtract the costs they spend out of their own pocket to help you win.
Here are some different costs your legal professional might encounter:
- Medical records retrieval
- Filing fees
- Postage/copy expenses
- Expert witness fees
- Police reports
- Fees for depositions, subpoenas and other procedures
When your Bohn & Fletcher lawyer receives your settlement or judgment check, he will contact you and provide you with an itemized list of the attorney costs and fees.
Personal Injury Claim FAQs
What damages can I recover in my personal injury case?
Compensatory damages are split into two categories known as economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include objective losses such as medical bills, lost income, lost earning capacity, or property damage or loss. Where economic damages are damages to the pocketbook, non-economic damages are damages to the person – the human being. Examples of such losses are pain, suffering, anxiety, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life or loss of a relationship with someone who was killed.
Plaintiffs can recover punitive damages in circumstances where the at-fault party’s are especially egregious. These damages are intended to punish the at-fault party as well as to deter others from behaving in the same manner. They are quasi-criminal in nature and, as such, require more convincing proof to justify an award. While these types of damages are rarely awarded, seeking them may be appropriate in some personal injury cases.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
Most personal injury cases end in a financial settlement, or compromise, with the defendant or the defendant’s insurance company. While these types of cases rarely go to trial, claims involving substantial injuries or damages can take longer to settle because insurers tend to fight over the final settlement amount. It is important to hire a lawyer, such as one of those at Bohn & Fletcher, who does try cases in the event yours should proceed to trial and because defense interests keep tabs on those lawyers who do not try cases (and pay less to settle those lawyers’ cases).
How long will it take for me to get my settlement check?
Your final check will typically be received within about 30 days of your lawyer’s receiving the settlement check from the defendants or their insurance carrier. You will receive a detailed accounting of where every penny went.
Check Your Payment Options with A Personal Injury Lawyer
You deserve to receive full compensation for your injuries and losses if you were hurt, or your loved one killed, by someone else’s bad or negligent conduct. You risk very little by hiring an injury lawyer on a contingent fee.
Never jeopardize your claim by trying to handle it on your own. Instead, get in touch with an injury law firm today for your free case evaluation.