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.
An 18-Wheeler Against a Car, Pickup, SUV, Motorcycle, or Minivan is Not a Fair Fight.
We know that, and you know that, but sometimes truck drivers act like they don’t. Big trucks take longer to stop, are harder to control, and cause more damage, destruction, and injury than other vehicles on the road. Sometimes truck drivers are careless, but sometimes they have been pushed too hard by their bosses to drive too long, too hard, with too little sleep.
Either way, you are the one who ends up suffering the consequences.
After you’ve been injured in a car accident (or other accident), the first thing you should do is make sure that everyone who needs medical treatment gets it. But once the dust settles, there are four things you should keep in order to make sure that when the time comes, the insurance company pays you what your case is worth.
1. Keep Your Cool
After an accident, it’s important to keep your cool. You need to focus on one thing only, and that’s getting well. But that’s going to be harder to do than you think.
I grew up watching The People’s Court as a kid. (This was the old version with Judge Wapner, Officer Rusty Burrell, and Doug Llewelyn). I watched it enough that there are three phrases from the show that I can still quote verbatim:
“What you are witnessing is real. The participants are NOT actors. They are actual litigants with a case pending in California Municipal Court. Both parties have agreed to dismiss their court cases, and have their disputes settled here, in our forum, the People’s Court!”
“What a reasonably prudent person would or would not do in the same or similar circumstances.”
“I’m Doug Llewelyn, and if somebody [whatever the defendant had done in that day’s case], certainly don’t take the law into your own hands, you take ’em to court!”