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I Got Hurt—Why Does a Lawyer Get a Fee?

You have just been involved in a serious accident. You suffer severe injuries and you need to file a lawsuit against the negligent party.

When you’re the one who experienced losses, why does a lawyer get a fee?

This is a question that many people have before filing a personal injury lawsuit. The fact of the matter is, people may not understand all that goes into filing the lawsuit, why a lawyer would receive a fee, and how the lawyer is paid.

The Lawyer Pays Out of Pocket for Everything You Need for the Case

One of the most beneficial things about filing a personal injury lawsuit is the ability to do so without you having to pay any expenses out of your own pocket. Instead, you receive the resources you need at the cost of the attorney you choose to represent you.

Your attorney pays for expert witnesses, orders records significant to your case, and spends the necessary fees to file your case.

Part of the fee the attorney receives at the end of the case is to cover these expenses. As you don’t have to pay anything out of your own pocket, you can retain legal counsel knowing that you are only responsible for fees at the successful resolution of your case.

Contingency Fees: How Do They Work for You?

Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency fees. This means that with everything paid by the attorney up front, you are only responsible for the attorney fee if and when you reach a favorable settlement or are awarded a verdict.

The contingency fees paid to an attorney are agreed upon before the legal representative even takes your case. Typically, this amount is to cover the fees fronted by the attorney to begin with, and any amounts that the representation costs.

Our attorneys work hard for our clients. This is why we take the risks of paying the costs of the trial upfront. We believe that our clients deserve compensation—they deserve justice—and we go the extra mile to help those goals become reality.

With Caputo & Van Der Walde, you never have to worry if your best interests come first. You always have access to an attorney who wants to provide you with the advocacy you need to move forward from these difficult matters with confidence.