Are Car Accident Attorney’s Expensive?
It’s an unfortunate situation, but many accident victims each year go throughout the process without hiring a lawyer simply because they feel as though they can’t afford representation. This is a common misconception that individuals have regarding legal counsel.
Understanding how fees work in personal injury matters is important, especially when you sustain a serious injury as a result of a negligence-related car accident. Before you try to move forward with the legal process alone, consider the costs of hiring a professional.
Understanding How Contingency Fees Work
Before you put off hiring a lawyer, the most important thing you need to know is that many injury attorneys work off of contingency fees. What does this mean for the injury victim? Well, it’s simple to understand really.
If a lawyer works on a contingency fee basis, this means that they collect no fees unless they are successful in helping you secure compensation. If you don’t win, you don’t have to pay the lawyer for the fees they’ve fronted.
Even better, you never have to worry about paying fees out of pocket. Even when a lawyer is successful in securing compensation on your behalf, their fees come out as a percentage of the amount you have been awarded for the injuries you’ve sustained.
What About the Consultation?
If a lawyer works off of contingency fees, it most likely means that the consultation to discuss your potential case is free. You shouldn’t have to worry about paying for legal help when you’re already dealing with the financial hardships caused by the damage. Damages that a car accident can cause are typically very extensive and can put a person in dire financial straits. The majority of people that need car accident attorneys are in a rough financial situation and make up most of a car accident attorney’s clientele. While a good car accident attorney will provide top of the line legal representation, they will only ask for a fair contingency fee as their compensation for their services otherwise they will have a difficult time finding clients willing to work with them.
Choosing the Right Car Accident Attorney
The prospect of choosing a car accident attorney to represent you can be daunting. There are a large number of car accident lawyers out there and it can be difficult to narrow down the list of possibilities but there are some factors you should keep in mind to make the process a bit more simple. One of the most important factors when choosing a car accident attorney is experience. How long have they been handling the type of case you have? Not only that but how successful have they been when handling these kinds of cases. Don’t simply trust testimony. Look at the hard facts relating to their success rate and the level of compensation that they can recover with their settlements.
Another important factor is communication. There are a lot of steps in the personal injury process and you will constantly need to exchange information with your attorney. Some large firms will not have a personal touch and will work you like another product on the assembly line assigning you a lawyer that you may not talk to directly. You need to be able to speak to your attorney directly not just for your sake but for your case as well since any developments need to be known by the lawyer handling your case.
Viles & Beckman Fort Myers Car Accident Attorneys
At Viles & Beckman, LLC, we operate in the same manner. We don’t charge you a fee until we have successfully helped you get the compensation you need and deserve. You don’t have to pay to speak with our Fort Myers car accident lawyers either.
If you’ve been injured, know that you have the right to seek compensation. Our team is here to help you and guide you through the process. Trust that we have the knowledge and resources to move forward in confidence.
To schedule your free consultation, call us today at (239) 334-3933.
About the Author of this Page: The above information was written or reviewed by one of the attorneys at Viles & Beckman LLC who have a combined experience of nearly 60 years: Marcus Viles, Michael Beckman or Maria Alaimo. The information provided in this article comes from years of experience trying legal cases outside and inside courtrooms throughout Florida along with extensive research.