Most personal injury attorneys charge a contingency fee, which is usually a percentage of the settlement that they obtain for their clients. This percentage is typically standard, but may vary depending on the nature of the case and the resources the attorney may need to invest to win the case.
When a person is injured in an accident that is caused by the negligence of othesr, that person has the legal right to compensation for the damages from the party at fault. In most cases, an average person does not know all the compensation they are entitled to and may not even seek medical and legal consultations to adequately determine the seriousness of the injuries and other aspects of personal injury.
Also, in serious accident and injury cases, individuals should seek legal counsel to determine if they have a viable personal injury case. Once a personal injury lawyer takes your case, the individual gains legal representation to guide them through the process. The client then agrees to give the attorney a percent of the settlement that the attorney gets on their behalf. It’s a win-win situation. But is it always?
Not All Personal Injury Lawyers Are the Same
It is important that people are careful when choosing a personal injury lawyer. Not all of them are the same. Knowledge and experience in personal injury law is paramount to a successful case. Some attorneys are willing to settle for less to quickly recover damages from a case then move onto the next one. Others employ cookie cutter techniques that have various amounts of success and failures. Many times, it just becomes a numbers game. Rick Molina and 713 Law Help are here to help clients from the moment they sign up to well after they receive their settlement. We are not afraid to work the case all the way to a jury trial. Personal injury law is what we focus on and it shows in the cases we have won for our clients.
What Does A Lawyer Do to Earn a Contingency Fee?
When an injured person signs up with a personal injury lawyer, they get access to legal representation, the knowledge and the expertise to fight the opposing insurance companies. Personal Injury Lawyers handle claims involving auto accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, work-related accidents and much more. Personal Injury lawyers work on the case by:
- Investigating the accident to obtain witness statements, review police reports and any other available information to start forming the basis of their case.
- Evaluating the case as it pertains to local and state statutes, standards and case law to make an evaluation of liability and comparative fault.
- Investigate and document medical bills and expenses as well as other medical issues such as rehabilitation, long-term effects, quality of life, lost work or wages. There are many things that get turned around when a serious accident results in serious injury. A good personal injury attorney takes all that into account.
- Personal injury lawyers will negotiate a settlement, if appropriate, on their client’s behalf usually with a liability insurance carrier working to come to an agreement without going to court. Usually this works in everyone best interest but does not always end in agreement.
- Occasionally, a lawsuit must be filed and the litigation process starts. This signals the defendants and their insurance company that the lawyer and his client is serious about the case. Ric Molina and the attorneys at (713) Law-Help are always ready for litigation. At (713) Law-Help, we are always preparing the case for trial. The maximizes the client’s recovery. We can never be surprised if we always work hard at representing our clients and preparing for trial.
So Are Contingency Fees A Good Way to Retain an Attorney?
Most cases take a long time with lots of legal leg work. Paying an attorney $100 to $500 per hour depending on the lawyer is cost-prohibitive for most people. The contingency fee structure makes it easier to hire good lawyers because it’s a win-win situation. No fees are collected up front and the attorney gets paid from the settlement he obtains. Under this scenario. the lawyer assumes the financial risk of the case. If there is no recovery, then the attorney does not get paid as well.