Absolutely, Because You Don't Pay Anything Until the Insurance Company Pays You
This is one of the hardest parts of our job: when we learn an accident victim did not come to us for help because they didn't think they could afford an attorney. And, because they waited and took actions on their own without the guidance and advice of an experienced accident attorney, they fell prey to the insurance company's many tricks and traps which allowed the insurance company to not pay them anything, or not pay them anything close to what we would have been able to recover had they contacted us. You can absolutely afford an attorney when you don't pay us a dime until the insurance company pays you. Insurance companies are in the business of making profits for their shareholders, and they will work tirelessly to try to find reasons to deny your claim so they do not have to pay it. When you bring an experienced accident attorney on board to fight for you, this levels the playing field with the insurance company, and the recovery we are able to get for clients is usually far greater, sometimes exponentially greater, even after paying our costs and fees out of the proceeds, than what you might be able to recover on your own. There is absolutely no cost or downside to hiring an attorney to look out for your interests and make sure you get the full amount you deserve.
How a “Contingency Fee” Works
These are all questions you should ask any personal injury attorney you are considering hiring upfront, before you sign a contract and choose to hire that attorney: Will there be any costs I will have to pay? Will there be any fees? Do I owe anything if we do not win? At Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock we typically handle car accident and personal injury cases under what is known as a “contingency fee.” Meaning, we usually do not get paid anything unless there is a recovery. We also typically advance all of the costs incurred in your case, meaning we pay them upfront and do not charge them to you until the end only if we make a recovery from the insurance company responsible for your injuries. Under this arrangement, if there is no recovery, you owe no costs. That is the risk we take on in agreeing to handle your case. And, if the insurance company fights hard to try to avoid paying your claim, which is often, it can sometimes cost us tens of thousands of dollars to take the case all the way to trial. But, that is what we are prepared to do with any case we take on, because we are here to fight for you. Any personal injury attorney you are considering hiring should be able to easily explain how fees and costs will be incurred and paid in a way that you understand, and you should not hesitate to ask questions about the arrangement if anything is unclear to you. You should also ask any attorney you are considering hiring these five questions as well. Remember: who to hire is your decision, and not one that should be taken lightly.
Have Questions About Our Fee? Ask us!
If you would like to get to know us better and ask us these questions, we would be happy to answer. Give us a call or schedule an appointment. We never charge any fee or cost for an initial consultation to answer your questions and explain your rights. [email protected] or (850) 438-4899.