Injured and Unable to Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer? No Problem, We Work on a Contingency Basis
If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence and are interested in filing a personal injury claim in order to recoup your losses you probably have a lot of questions including one big one: how am I going to afford a personal injury lawyer? At the Noyes Law Office, P.C. we are sensitive to the fact that injured individuals often have mounting medical bills and frequently can’t afford to hire the legal representation that they deserve. Therefore, our firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that we do not charge our clients unless their case is successful and they receive monetary compensation. While our firm uses a contingency fee structure, it is important to know that there are also other types of attorney fee arrangements out there. Because it is important to select an attorney with the right fee structure for you this article briefly outlines some of the common fee arrangements that personal injury lawyers in Iowa use.
Common Fee Structures For Personal Injury Lawyers
- Consultation Fees: While our firm does not charge a consultation fee, be aware that some lawyers do. Consultation fees are generally paid up front on a flat rate basis and enable the injured party to meet with an attorney who will assess their case and determine whether or not he or she will be able to help with the case.
- Flat Fees: Under a flat fee payment arrangement the personal injury lawyer charges the client a fixed amount of money to represent them. With this method the client knows how much they will be paying out of pocket, however, the arrangement may include additional costs, for example if the case ends up going to trial. If you are entering into a flat fee arrangement be sure to discuss exactly what is and what isn’t covered with your attorney in order to avoid surprises later on.
- Hourly Rate: Under an hourly rate fee structure the client pays the attorney for each hour of his or her time that is spent working on the case. Generally several members of a law firm will work on one case (for example, the lead attorney, a junior attorney, and a paralegal) and each person will bill at a different hourly rate that is dependent on their job classification.
- Contingency Fees: Under a contingency fee agreement the attorney’s fee is a predetermined percentage of any judgment or negotiated settlement that the client receives. If the client does not win their case, and therefore does not receive any monetary compensation, the client does not owe the attorney anything. Be aware that contingency fees are sometimes adjusted depending on whether or not your case ends up going to trial.
Meet With an Experienced Southeast Iowa Personal Injury Lawyer
Ready to get your personal injury claim rolling? The lawyers of the Noyes Law Office, P.C. are ready to help and would be happy to answer any fee-related questions that you might have during your free initial consultation. Contact our Fairfield office at (800) 875-7148 or via our online contact form to get started.