By: LINDSEY O'NEILL, ESQ.

If you’ve been injured, you're probably wondering how much it would cost to hire a lawyer.  Some of us don't even try to hire a lawyer because we're sure we'd never be able to afford one.  This kind of thinking is especially common when an injured person has already lost money as a result of being injured - via lost time from work as well as upfront medical bills.

However, don't be so sure you can't afford legal help when you need it.  In fact, pretty much anyone can afford to hire a lawyer when they've been injured.   Most personal injury lawyers work on a "contingency fee basis."  With contingency fee arrangements, the lawyer will not charge legal fees upfront, but will take a percentage of whatever settlement or award is obtained for the client, which can range anywhere from 25% to 40% (or more) of the recovery, depending on the type of case, whether it goes to trial, and other factors.  If no recovery is obtained, then the attorney doesn’t get a fee. (Although, keep in mind costs incurred for the lawsuit are ordinarily the client’s responsibility, either way it turns out.)

If you’ve suffered an injury and think you might have a case, don’t wait any longer – contact a personal injury attorney and ask whether he or she takes contingency fee cases.

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