People are understandably nervous about hiring a lawyer after an Ohio car accident injury.Fear that it will cost too many stops some from consulting an attorney, especially when expenses may be adding up as a result of a recent accident.
The Ohio car accident victims we help, however, don’t pay their lawyer anything unless a settlement is reached or they win in a trial.
Here’s HOW IT WORKS:
We take a contingent fee, which means that the lawyer’s fee depends on his success in resolving the case.
If you win your case or get a settlement, the Ohio car accident injury lawyer takes a fee.
If you lose at trial or the insurance company won’t settle, you don’t get anything, but you typically won’t owe the lawyer a fee.
Usually, the lawyer takes one-third of the gross award or settlement. The arrangement works for both parties. The lawyer takes a risk that he’ll never get paid if the case bombs. The client gets to pursue his claim without having to come up with thousands of dollars in legal fees. Without this arrangement, some people never would be able to bring a claim because they couldn’t afford it.
Trying cases can be expensive because court reporters have to be hired to take depositions that have to be transcribed, medical records have to be ordered, experts witnesses such as doctors have to be consulted, exhibits have to be compiled, and court costs have to be paid. The attorney usually will cover those expenses because most people couldn’t come up with that much money.
If the case settles or the client wins at trial, the lawyer is reimbursed for the expenses he incurred in handling the case. Again, this arrangement benefits the client.
When you meet with a lawyer, you will have to sign an agreement that spells out how the attorney will be compensated and how the expenses will be paid.
Make sure that the contingency fee arrangement – typically 33 1/3 percent of the gross settlement or award – is clearly spelled out in the contract.
If you don’t feel comfortable with the contract, don’t sign it. You’re in control of the situation.
If you have questions, make sure the lawyer answers before you sign the document. You can walk away after the case starts, but the lawyer will be entitled to get paid for the time and expenses he’s incurred out of whatever settlement another lawyer obtains for you.
If you would like a free case evaluation, contact our Ohio car accident injury lawyers at 800.637.8170.