When exploring the option of hiring a personal injury lawyer to help you out with your slip and fall case, car accident, or another personal injury case, you might have found that most -- if not all -- of the personal injury lawyers in your area charge on a contingency basis. You might know what this means -- that you don't have to pay your lawyer until after they have won your case for you, and if they don't win your case, then you don't have to pay at all -- but there still might be some things that you don't know. These are some of the top things that you might not know about working with a personal injury lawyer in this way.
You May Still Have to Pay Something
When you hire a personal injury lawyer who charges clients based on a contingency basis, it's true that you don't have to pay any legal fees if they don't win your case. However, you might still be required to cover the cost of the law firm's expenses in your case, such as document filing fees or postage fees. If you're curious about whether or not you will be responsible for these fees and approximately how much they will cost -- in the event that you don't win your case -- then you should ask your attorney for more information. They should be willing to provide you with a breakdown of these charges.
There Are Laws About the Maximum Amount You Can Be Charged
There are laws in many states about the maximum amount that personal injury lawyers can charge for their services. This is typically based on a percentage, not a dollar amount. However, not all lawyers charge the maximum percentage, so you should ask about this when choosing your lawyer, and you should even consider negotiating a lower legal fee.
You Don't Have to Do Anything to Make Sure It's Paid
You could be wondering what you have to do to pay your lawyer if and when your personal injury settlement finally comes through. You might be wondering if you will need to write a check to your lawyer or pay with your debit card after you have deposited your settlement check. The good news is that you shouldn't have to do either. Instead, your lawyer will more than likely receive their payment first and will then disburse your settlement funds to you, such as by making sure that they're deposited directly into your bank account.
Contact a company like the Law Offices of Gavin W Murphy, PLLC to learn more.