After a serious car accident, you may need to enlist the services of an attorney to help you get the compensation you need to assist in your recovery. Many people worry they can't afford quality legal representation, but the personal injury attorneys who assist car accident victims typically work on a contingency fee basis that requires no upfront payment.
What Is a Contingency Fee?
There are generally three types of arrangements attorneys use to bill their clients: an hourly fee, a standard flat rate, and a contingency fee. In cases involving car accident claims, contingency fees are the most common.
Contingency fees are sometimes referred to as a "no win, no fee" arrangement. If your attorney doesn't obtain a settlement, you don’t have to pay for his services. This is often seen as a mutually beneficial arrangement for both attorneys and their clients. Clients don't have to worry about paying upfront for legal representation when they are likely struggling to recover from their personal injuries. Attorneys have an incentive to maximize the recovered amount, resolve the matter quickly, and keep related expenses as low as possible.
Costs Associated With Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit
In addition to your attorney’s fee, you may also be responsible for certain expenses required to prepare your case. This includes the cost to obtain medical records and police reports, as well as postage and court filing fees. If your case requires an investigator and expert witnesses, additional fees will be added for these expenses.
Often, fees related to the preparation of your case will be tallied and paid for out of the final settlement. However, some attorneys require that you pay these fees as your case proceeds even though you're not paying for their legal representation until you receive a settlement. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, ask how these types of costs will be handled before you select an attorney.
We Work on a Contingency Basis
The attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault help injured Louisiana residents get the compensation they deserve for auto-related accident claims while accepting cases on a contingency fee basis. Schedule a free consultation or call us direct at318.541.8188 for your free consultation.