You’ve probably heard lawyer advertisements promising you that you won’t owe your attorney anything if she can’t win your case. Have you ever wondered exactly what that means?
Can I Afford to Hire an Injury Attorney?
Lawyers who handle personal injury claims typically do so on a contingency fee basis. That means that the attorney’s fee is contingent on whether or not the attorney recovers a sum of money for her client. If the attorney is not able to obtain a settlement or verdict for her client, then the cost to the client for hiring that lawyer would be free. An attorney who works on a contingency-fee basis only gets paid if the attorney is able to obtain a recovery for her client.
If the attorney is able to obtain a recovery for her client, then she would receive an attorney’s fee, which would be a percentage of the amount of money the attorney is able to obtain for her client.
With summer now in full swing, many people are driving in and through other states. If you are injured while driving in another state, you should do most of the same things we tell our clients to do when they are injured while traveling in state.
When the temperatures start dropping, we all want to rush to bundle up our little ones to keep them warm. Crash test videos featured last week on the Today Show, however, reveal why we should be hesitant to mix those bulky winter coats with kids in car seats. Because bulky coats are compressed in a car crash, the result is very loose harness straps. The video below shows how that compression effect can result in kids actually coming out of their harness straps, resulting in serious injury.
Instead of putting heavy coats on your kids when they’re in the car, you can keep a blanket in your vehicle to cover kids (over their car seat harness) or put their coats on them backwards over the car seat harness. The key is that you don’t want to put anything extra or bulky between the child and the car seat straps other than their normal clothes.
Even if you were not wearing your seat belt when you were hit by a negligent driver, you may still be entitled to recovery for your injuries from an automobile accident.
The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that seat belt use in 2013 had increased to 87 percent. While you’re less likely to be seriously injured if you are wearing your seat belt, that does not mean you are completely barred from recovery if you were not wearing your seat belt. In Arkansas, the other side is not allowed to introduce evidence in court that you were not wearing your seat belt. See Ark. Code Ann. § 27-37-703(a); see alsoGrummer v. Cummings, 336 Ark. 447 (1999).
Our firm is small enough that everyone on our team will know your name and treat you like a person, rather than a number. As a boutique injury firm, we don’t handle hundreds of injury cases at one time. That means that getting a resolution in your case will be one of the top priorities in our office.
If you have been injured in an auto accident in Arkansas, you should have your case evaluated by a personal injury attorney who is experienced at handling personal injury claims in Arkansas. Our attorneys represent clients from all over Arkansas.