Can I Make Payment Arrangements With My Accident Lawyer?
A sudden accident or injury can change your life in just a few seconds, and the last thing you should be worried about is money when you’re fighting for your life or the life of a loved one. A personal injury attorney can often help you bring forward a claim for compensation without having to pay anything for representation upfront — here’s how it works and how to get the legal help you need now.
Contingency Arrangements 101
A contingency arrangement is the most common type of payment agreement in a personal injury case. With this type of payment plan, you do not have to pay your lawyer anything up front. Instead, your attorney agrees to take only a percentage of your total winnings if your case is successful. If not, you don’t pay anything.
Why Lawyers Take Contingency
Personal injury attorneys almost exclusively work on a contingency basis, however, there may be a few that don’t. Usually, accident victims and/or their families don’t have the money to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical and legal expenses right out of the gate. Even if they have a slam-dunk case, without a contingency arrangement, they wouldn’t be able to pursue it.
Injury lawyers accept contingency both to allow them to work on cases they believe will be most successful as well as to provide victims in need with the services they can’t afford now but will be able to later once the case has been won.
When and How to Pay Your Attorney
Your accident lawyer will be paid after the case is settled directly; in most cases, the check is not made out to the plaintiff. At that point, your attorney takes their fee of approximately 25-30%, as well as any out-of-pocket costs they incurred while representing you, like travel or correspondence expenses. After that, your lawyer will issue the remainder of the money to you.
Call Now for Help After Your Accident or Injury
Don’t hesitate to get the help you need after being injured or hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault. You shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden of injuries you didn’t cause, and we can help. Call experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer Carl Brown today to get more information on how you can get the financial restitution you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages from your job, and any pain and suffering you’ve gone through at (559) 431-4400.