Most people are hesitant to hire an attorney and hand over the reins of their case to someone else. Part of this hesitation may come from a fear of having to pay for these services, and there is a general impression that attorneys are expensive and will overcharge for the work done. While it is true that legal bills can quickly add up, it is also true that some legal services are actually affordable. And, it should always be remembered that when you hire an attorney you are removing some of the question marks about the legal process. Trained attorneys are familiar with the rules of courtroom procedure, and are capable of handling your case according to those rules. So, rather than shy away from speaking with an attorney out of fear about the fee, give us a call to learn about your options.
The most popular option in personal injury cases as far as attorney fees are concerned, is the option of a contingency fee. A contingency fee is an arrangement whereby the attorney fronts all of the costs of the case, meaning the injured party is not required to put up any money up front, and when the case is settled or resolved at trial the attorney keeps a portion of the settlement amount as their fee. Contingency fees are usually expressed as a percentage, meaning if the fee is 25% the attorney is entitled to 25% of the award and the remaining funds are given to the litigant. Of course in car crash and personal injury cases there are also medical expenses to take into account, so contingency fee agreements work like this:
- A dollar figure is awarded to the hurt person, either through artful negotiation and settlement or by a jury.
- The percentage representing the contingency fee is held out of the award and paid as the attorney fee.
- The costs advanced by the law firm are repaid to the firm, out of the award.
- Medical expenses are repaid out of the funds, and many times can be negotiated downward.
- The remaining funds are given to the injured person as settlement of their case.
This type of fee agreement allows parties to pursue their claims without paying anything up front. And, if there is no award, there is no fee. If you have been in an accident, call us for help.
If you have questions about personal injury cases, call our office. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.