When are suffer an injury in an accident caused by a negligent party, you
need experienced legal representation on your side when you file a
personal injury lawsuit. However, many accident victims are reluctant to hire a lawyer
due to costly attorney fees.
Additionally, what if you lose your case? Would you still have to pay your
attorney despite not recovering any sort of compensation to even pay your
medical bills and make up for lost wages?
Fortunately, most plaintiff personal injury firms handle cases on a
contingency fee basis.
The basic concept of the contingency fee agreement is a payment arrangement
that enables an injured victim (or plaintiff) to seek legal counsel—even
if they do not have money to pay an attorney at the beginning of the case.
Rather than paying a fee up front, the plaintiff agrees to pay an attorney
a percentage of their award if they win the case.
The amount (or percentage) of the contingency fee that a lawyer charges
in a personal injury case depend on the following factors:
- Nature and extent of injuries and damages involved in the personal injury case
- Complexity and novelty of the case
- Experience of the attorney(s) who is/are handling the case
- Whether a lawsuit has been filed
- Whether the case is resolved either through a settlement or at trial
- The individual needs of the client
- The likelihood of success
If the plaintiff does not recover anything in your case via settlement
or jury trial, they will not be charged an attorney’s fee according
to the contingency fee agreement. As such, a personal injury lawyer has
an immense incentive to work hard on your case and obtain the most favorable
outcome possible for their client. Keep in mind, win or lose, you probably
will have to pay filing fees, the costs related to deposing witnesses,
and similar charges.
Contingency fee agreements can be an important tool if you believe you
have a strong legal claim, but are not able to pay the costs of legal
representation upfront. If you think that you might have a case and would
like to know more about possible contingency fee agreements,
contact our Austin personal injury attorney at
The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC today.