Can I afford a personal injury attorney?

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2021 | catastrophic injuries

No one expects to get hurt or to be involved in a serious accident. Whether it’s an injury caused by a car crash or one suffered on a dangerous premises, the reality is that the victim will need medical care and that it could be costly.

Many people worry that they will need to work through this case on their own because they think that a personal injury attorney is expensive to hire. The reality, though, is that a personal injury attorney isn’t expensive to hire at all. The cost of not hiring an attorney could end up being much higher.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?

In the majority of cases, personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. What that means is that the attorney will only accept a payment if they are able to win the case for the client. The costs are only taken when the settlement is reached or a judgment is issued.

Is it possible to have to pay the attorney more than you are awarded for a personal injury case?

It is possible to owe more than you get from a claim. However, if you hire a personal injury attorney who is ethical, they’ll refuse your case if they think that they cannot get you a significant amount more than what you have lost. They want to be sure that you get the compensation you need to care for yourself. After all, the more money you earn, the better the attorney does financially as well. It would be bad for business for the attorney to charge so much that an injured client didn’t get back what they lost or more.

What should you look for in a good personal injury attorney?

A good personal injury attorney will help you understand your case and be willing to discuss their fee schedule with you. You should ask for referrals (and be given them willingly).

Always meet with or speak with an attorney before you hire them, and make sure they understand your case. Then, select someone you feel comfortable with and who will do the job right.