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Can I afford a personal injury lawyer?

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2020 | Personal Injury |

You have suffered a serious injury in an accident. You are facing a long road to recovery, marked by significant medical expenses. You may be unsure of where to turn to. How can you possibly afford legal help, given everything else that is on your plate? The good news is you won’t have to dip into your bank account to hire a personal injury attorney.

Most cases are taken on contingency

In general, personal injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that your legal counsel will cover most of the up-front costs of putting together your claim. This can include:

  • Gathering evidence
  • Collecting all relevant medical documentation
  • Negotiating with insurance providers
  • Preparing for and taking your case to trial, if necessary

If your attorney is successful in recovering compensation on your behalf, they will collect their payment as a percentage of your financial damages.

In some instances, you may be asked to provide payment upfront for certain services, depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. However, these costs are often minimal. If you are worried about any out-of-pocket expenses, you should discuss your concerns with your attorney. You may be able to work out an alternative arrangement if needed.

It can be more expensive to not hire a lawyer

You might not think you need a lawyer on your side. Maybe your insurance company has already offered you a settlement that should cover your immediate medical expenses. Why not just take the check and move forward with your life?

Keep in mind that an insurance company is in business to make money. Your well-being does not enter into their equations. Often, they will make an initial settlement offer for far less than what your case is worth. What if you develop medical problems in the future? You can’t go back and demand more once you have taken a settlement.

A personal injury attorney can be your advocate. They know how to negotiate, and they understand what your case is truly worth. By effectively presenting your case, they can help you recover the full amount you deserve.