Feb 03 2023

How SLC Personal Injury Legal Costs Are Covered

You’ve been seriously injured in an accident, and while you weren’t at fault, you’re paying the price. A personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation, and you know that hiring a lawyer is in your best interests. But how can you afford legal representation when the bills are piling up and you don’t know when or if you’ll be able to return to work?

At the offices of William Rawlings & Associates, we’re here to put your mind at ease with a simple answer: Hiring a personal injury lawyer like one of our team members actually doesn’t cost you anything. How could this possibly be the case? Let’s have a look at how these setups work and why you shouldn’t be concerned about attorney or related costs if you believe you have a legitimate personal injury claim.

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Contingency Fee Setups

Most personal injury attorneys work via the use of what’s known as a contingency fee agreement. Essentially, this document states that you’ll be provided with legal representation at no upfront cost. In the event your attorney wins your case, the arrangement establishes the amount they’ll receive – typically, this is a percentage of the damages awarded.

As a general rule, attorneys who offer contingency fee arrangements only accept cases in which they’re confident they can achieve a favorable outcome. And since they earn nothing unless they win, you can count on your lawyer making every effort to ensure that happens.

Attorney Fees Come Directly From Winnings

If your lawyer is successful in securing compensation in your accident case, they’ll take a percentage of the winnings. That’s how you’ll pay their fee for providing you with legal representation – there’s no need for you to come up with any cash.

With this type of arrangement, the amount your attorney receives is directly related to the amount of your settlement or jury award. Therefore, you can count on your lawyer to make every effort to recover the maximum in monetary compensation.

What About Court Costs and Other Expenses?

As a general rule, personal injury lawyers don’t require their clients to cover any of the costs incurred while settling or litigating an accident claim. Your attorney will likely take care of the court filing fees, document fees, traveling costs and other upfront expenses.

If your case reaches a favorable outcome, the costs associated with pursuing your case will be deducted from your accident settlement or award. Even if not, you typically won’t be responsible for any of these fees or expenses.

Timing of Contingency Fees Being Paid

In cases where you win your case, your lawyer’s fee will normally be deducted directly from the amount of your settlement or jury award. This means that you’ll receive your payment shortly after receiving the money – significantly less than if you had to wait until after all court costs and other expenses were paid.

Now, there may be some exceptions here. The details of these will be included in your contingency fee agreement from the start.

Importance of a Consultation

All the factors we’ve gone over to this point have all helped highlight why it’s so important to have a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault.

For starters, an experienced attorney will be able to assess the facts of your case and provide an accurate estimate on how much you may be entitled to receive in compensation. This can help give you a better idea about your financial outlook during the recovery process.

Additionally, a personal injury lawyer will also explain all the legal aspects associated with pursuing your claim, as well as any potential advantages or drawbacks that may exist. They can make informed predictions on whether the facts in your case make it likely that you’ll be able to win your case or not, and let you know what financial resources might be available to you in the meantime.

This will help you make an informed decision on whether hiring a personal injury attorney is your best option for pursuing compensation. And if it is, they can advise you on how to move forward with the legal process while minimizing any out-of-pocket costs.

In the end, that’s what contingency fee arrangements are really all about – helping you get the legal representation you need without having to worry about the financial burden of finding an attorney. And this is why these arrangements can be so incredibly beneficial when it comes to pursuing your case and getting the compensation you deserve.

For more here, or to learn about any of our personal injury attorney services, speak to our team at the offices of William Rawlings & Associates today.