When you're hurt in a car wreck, you're potentially looking at a dire financial situation. You may have medical bills piling up. You might not be able to work or need help with household services. On top of that, you need to repair or replace your car. The insurance company is giving you the runaround and you need legal representation, but the last thing you need is a bill from an attorney.
That's why our San Antonio car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis.
You only pay your lawyer if and when you win
A contingency fee is an arrangement with your attorney in which your fee is based (contingent) on the outcome of your case. While your case is being handled, you don't pay your attorney anything out of pocket. There is no hourly fee or retainer. The law firm advances the costs associated with moving your case forward, which can be quite substantial if we have to do an extensive investigation, hire experts, take depositions, and so on.
If your case settles or you win a verdict in court, your attorney's fee will be a percentage of the recovery. This typically amounts to about one-third. If you don't win your case, you don't owe your lawyer a cent. In other words, the attorney assumes the risk of an unfavorable outcome, so you have nothing to lose.
It's About Equal Access and Equal Rights Under the Law
We work this way because we're believers in the power of the civil justice system to right wrongs and make people whole when they're injured by the negligence of others. Equal access to the court system is a cornerstone of our society. Your constitutional right to a jury trial shouldn't be dependent on your ability to pay. Working on a contingency fee basis allows us to represent people from all walks of life and stand up for those who have been wronged.
The contingency fee arrangement also keeps us single-mindedly focused on our clients' needs. We don't get paid by the hour. We get paid only when we get a positive result for a client. In other words, our entire practice is built on knowing how to fight and fighting to win.
Get Your Free Consultation With a Contingency Fee Lawyer
While the vast majority of personal injury law firms work on a contingency fee basis, the specific terms of the contingency fee agreement vary from firm to firm. Some of the factors that may change include the percentage of the recovery that will go to the law firm, the client's responsibility for other costs, such as filing fees, and what happens if you choose to terminate the agreement and hire a different law firm.
We would be happy to review our contingency fee agreement in detail. We can answer any questions you may have during a free consultation. There's no cost, no pressure and no obligation. Just candid answers about your legal options. Find out how the Herrera Law Firm may be able to help you. Contact us today.