If you want the best possible chance to get the compensation you deserve for the injury you suffered, you’ll need an attorney to gather the solid evidence needed to prove your case. An attorney can also ensure your family receives fair compensation if someone else is to blame for an accident that robbed you of your loved one. Hiring a personal injury attorney isn’t expensive, thanks to something called a contingency fee.
No matter the cause of the accident, hiring a lawyer will be necessary. Many people hesitate to do so because they don’t think they can afford legal representation. But we won’t charge a dime at the McEwen Law Firm unless we win your case. Learn more by calling (800) 732-3070 or contacting us online for a free consultation.
“I can’t afford a personal injury attorney!”
This is one of the first things many clients say when they get in touch. They’ve suffered horrible injuries and know they need help. But they don’t know how to go about getting that help.
But it would be best if you didn’t assume that you can’t afford a personal injury attorney without first exploring your options. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if they win your case. A contingency fee can make legal representation more accessible and affordable for those who can’t afford to pay for legal services upfront.
Furthermore, a personal injury attorney can help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Without legal representation, you may not be aware of all the compensation you are entitled to, or you may be taken advantage of by the other party’s insurance company.
Also, a personal injury attorney can handle all aspects of your case, including filing paperwork, negotiating with insurance companies, and representing you in court. Hiring a lawyer can save you time and reduce stress, allowing you to focus on your recovery and well-being.
What is a Contingency Fee?
A contingency fee is a payment arrangement between a lawyer and a client where the lawyer’s fees are contingent upon winning the case. In other words, the lawyer only gets paid if they successfully recover damages for their client. This fee is typically a percentage of the total amount recovered, which is agreed upon between the lawyer and the client at the outset of the case.
The main advantage of a contingency fee is that it allows people who can’t afford to pay for legal services upfront to pursue their case. It also incentivizes the lawyer to work harder to win the case, as their financial gain is directly tied to the outcome.
When considering a contingency fee arrangement, it’s essential to review the agreement’s terms carefully and ask any questions you may have. Doing your due diligence can help ensure that you understand the potential costs and benefits of pursuing your case and that you’re comfortable with the fee arrangement.
How Much of My Settlement Will go to My Personal Injury Attorney?
The amount of your settlement that will go to your personal injury attorney depends on your fee agreement with them. In most personal injury cases, attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning their fee is a percentage of the total amount recovered. This percentage can vary, but it typically falls between 33% and 40% of the total amount recovered.
For example, suppose your injury occurred due to a defective product, and you want to sue the manufacturer. If you recover a settlement of $100,000 and your attorney’s contingency fee is 33%, your attorney’s fee would be $33,000. The attorney will deduct that amount from your settlement before you receive your portion.
When You Get More Compensation, so Does Your Attorney
Some people may be concerned about their attorney receiving a more significant fee if they recover more compensation. Remember that a larger settlement or award typically means you’ll also receive more money. Again, your attorney will only make money if they successfully recover compensation, incentivizing them to work hard and achieve the best possible outcome. It really is a win-win situation for both you and your lawyer.
How Much Will My Settlement Be?
Suppose you suffered severe electrical burns. The burns were so extensive that you’ll need years of medical treatment. This treatment could easily cost tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Hiring a personal injury attorney to handle your case can often result in a more significant settlement amount. This is because attorneys have substantial experience negotiating with insurance companies. This experience can help ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Even minus the contingency fee, you’ll likely obtain much more money than if you didn’t have a lawyer.
Insurance companies have teams of lawyers and adjusters focused on minimizing the amount of money they pay out in claims. If you have a skilled lawyer working for you, they can combat whatever tactics the insurer employs.
A personal injury attorney can help build a strong case by gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and working with medical professionals to determine the full extent of your injuries. They can then present this evidence in a compelling way to the insurance company. They’ll make a convincing argument for the amount of compensation you deserve.
In addition, a personal injury attorney can handle all negotiations and communications with the insurance company. Therefore, reducing stress and allowing you to focus on your recovery. If necessary, they can also represent you in court to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact McEwen Law Firm to Discuss Your Options
Please don’t go without legal representation because you think you can’t afford it. Talk to an attorney with the McEwen Law Firm to learn more about how we can help. Use our online contact form or call (800) 732-3070 to schedule a free evaluation of your case. We can’t promise you’ll obtain a certain amount of compensation. However, we can guarantee no firm will work harder to ensure you get what you deserve.