The first thing you should know is that, if you or a family member are seeking a lawyer to represent you in a potential personal injury lawsuit, there should be no fee for the initial consultation to discuss your case. Never be afraid to find out if you have a viable lawsuit.
Now, here’s the daunting news—the average lawyer in Ohio charges between $81 and $453 per hour, depending on the type of lawyer, which admittedly sounds like an insurmountable amount of money. The good news is that, when it comes to personal injury lawsuits, the vast majority of reputable personal injury lawyers charge absolutely no fees up front. Instead, they take your case on what is called a contingency fee basis.
Simply put, with a contingency fee, your lawyer receives no compensation unless they win your case. If they do, they are then entitled to a percentage of your winnings, usually one third of the total judgment or settlement. Navigating your way through a personal injury lawsuit can be an overwhelming experience, from the injury itself to all the other associated stressors, like medical appointments and loss of work hours. Not having to worry about the cost of the lawsuit can be a huge relief.
Working under a contingency fee is especially important, as there are additional costs involved in litigating a personal injury suit besides attorney feels, which can include:
These various costs could quickly add up if you were paying out of pocket.
…and be sure you understand the contingency contract as presented, including how the percentage of your settlement will be calculated, and when the final payout will be expected. An experienced, reputable attorney will make sure you understand and are satisfied with all the details.
If you or a family member has been involved in a personal injury incident, contact the attorneys at LaSalvia Law. We will fight to win you the compensation you deserve.
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