The first thing most people want to know when talking to personal injury attorneys is how much they’ll have to pay for legal representation. Suffering a severe injury in any kind of accident is bad enough. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay for an attorney who will help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
When you work with the attorneys with Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh, that won’t be a concern. Not only do we have a track record of helping our clients achieve favorable outcomes. We also don’t charge fees up front. You only pay us if we either obtain a fair settlement on your behalf, or we win in a court of law.
What is a Contingency Fee Agreement, and How do They Work?
If you’ve done any kind of research into personal injury attorneys, you’ve likely seen the phrase, “contingency fee.” But what does this really mean?
This simply means that an attorney who works under this type of arrangement will not receive any compensation unless you are compensated for the losses you’ve incurred due to your injuries. The contingency fee will be taken out of the settlement or court award that you receive.
You won’t have to pay anything upfront. And you won’t have to worry about any kinds of out-of-pocket expenses. This system is in place so that those harmed by others’ negligence don’t feel intimidated. A contingency arrangement means a victim will still be able to pursue their right to fair and full compensation without having to worry about draining their bank account in the process.
Attorney’s Fee Percentages
When an accident injury victim wins their case, their attorney will take a percentage of the compensation the victim receives. If you don’t win, then you won’t have to pay your attorney a dime.
Suppose you’re hurt in a car accident. The insurance company settles with you for $120,000 and you and your attorney agree this is a fair amount. In most cases, an attorney will receive one-third of that amount, or $40,000. If the case goes to trial and you win, your attorney will typically receive 40%, or $48,000.
Benefits of Contingency Fee Agreements
The biggest benefit of a contingency fee arrangement is that you don’t have to pay anything up front. You can concentrate on recovering from your injury without having to come up with money to pay a lawyer. There’s basically nothing for you to lose.
Contingency arrangements also provide a major incentive to your attorney to do the best work they can. Otherwise they would be out for whatever case-related expenses they paid. Attorneys also have an incentive to only accept cases they believe they can win. They also have an incentive to obtain the maximum amount of money on your behalf. Not only will you receive more money, so will your legal representative.
Should You Pay Upfront for Legal Costs?
There are some attorneys that might ask you for a retainer, a certain amount of money to enlist their services. At Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh, however, we don’t work that way. We won’t charge you anything to determine the strength of your case, and we won’t charge a dime while we build your case and work on it.
Once the legal process is complete – and we’re successful in either helping you obtain a fair settlement or we win in court – that’s when we’ll receive our payment. The percentage we will get will depend on different types of factors, including the type of case you have and others. We can discuss all of this with you during your free consultation.
Why do we do this? Because we feel that our clients are already suffering enough. They don’t need to also deal with financial pressure. Victims of negligence should have a level playing field when going up against high-powered insurance companies and their highly-paid adjusters and lawyers.
How Much Does the Average Personal Injury Attorney Charge?
- Court reporter services
- Expert witness fees, when necessary
- Filing fees with the court
- Medical records costs
- Police reports
- Trial exhibit expenses
- And more
Some attorneys will charge for these expenses as the case goes on, for instance, sending a bill for each month that it continues. We don’t work that way. We’ll take care of all of these expenses, and then take them out of the compensation you receive as part of our contingency arrangement.
Call KMW Today to Learn More About Our Payment Options
One of your loved ones may have suffered harm due to nursing home abuse. You may have been injured in a boating accident caused by someone who was operating a vessel while intoxicated. You may have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence in some other way. Whatever the case may be, get in touch with Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh as soon as you can.
We will work on your behalf to help you obtain as much money as possible for the suffering you’ve been forced to experience. Our team of skilled attorneys will immediately start an investigation into the accident, uncovering the proof needed to make your case its absolute strongest. We’ll negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to help secure a fair settlement. But if that settlement isn’t forthcoming, we’ll be more than ready to take the case to court.
Best of all, we’ll do this without you having to pay a penny out of pocket. You concentrate on getting better – we’ll take care of everything else. If you would like to schedule a free case review, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call (561) 295-5825.