What you need to know before you decide you can’t afford a lawyer

Posted on October 24, 2016

It’s no secret that an accident takes a toll on your finances. But if you’re letting your financial situation stop you from hiring a lawyer, you could be making a big mistake. Not only will an accident lawyer help you get more money for your claim, but hiring a lawyer won’t add to your financial troubles.

No-Win, No-Fee Lawyers

What if you could get a lawyer on your side without spending any money upfront?

Not an inexperienced lawyer who’s just starting out. Not even a general practice lawyer who’s been doing this for a few years. But a team of lawyers who handle personal injury claims exclusively – and have practiced law for many years.

I know personal injury – it might sound too good to be true. You might wonder what the catch is. But it’s actually a common practice among personal injury lawyers to work on what’s called a “contingency fee” basis.

A contingency is an event that might happen in the future. When a lawyer accepts your case on contingency, it means you only pay for the legal representation you receive when and if your case is a success.

If your case takes years – as some complex accident cases do – then you pay nothing until you get money from it.

If your lawyer fails to get you compensation at all, then you pay nothing, period, for the lawyer’s services.

What do you pay, exactly? It depends on regulations and practices, but what’s certain is that you’ll never have to pay more than you win. The lawyer will get paid a percentage of what he or she is able to get for you. You’ll discuss and agree upon this percentage at the start of your case, so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises.

Most lawyers who practice in Newfoundland & Labrador charge a pretty standard percentage. If a lawyer advertises an unusually low fee, be cautious. Remember, sometimes you really do get what you pay for – and you only have one chance to pursue your claim. This isn’t a situation where you want to sacrifice quality to save a few bucks.

What’s Included in No-Win, No-Fee Representation?

You may be wondering what sort of service you can expect from a lawyer who works on contingency.

While we can’t speak for other firms, I can tell you that Horwood Law Group goes beyond a simple contingency fee arrangement and makes every client our No Fee Promise.

Some of the features you’ll find in our Personal Injury No Fee Promise include:

A 100 percent free consultation in person or by phone – whatever is more convenient for you.

All costs associated with your claim are covered. We’ll front the costs for filing legal documents and whatever else your claim needs.

No charge for our time – no matter how much of it you need. We’ll never charge you hourly fees for meeting with us or talking about your case by phone or email. (In fact, we’ll never charge you hourly fees for anything.)

Extra assistance, free of charge. We’re here for you. Whether you need help getting your car fixed, or affording your medical bills, let us know. As a courtesy to our clients, we’ve helped them overcome all of these problems – and more.

The Payoff of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

How much more money can you get when you hire a lawyer? Far more than you’ll pay in lawyer’ fees. But don’t take our word for it.

A lawyer who can more than triple your compensation will bring so much value to your claim that it more than covers the cost of lawyer’s fees. We’re talking thousands – maybe tens or hundreds of thousands – of dollars in your pocket.

So what do personal injury lawyers charge?

Upfront, nothing.

After the work is complete, just a fraction of what the lawyer gets for you.

Still have questions about affording a lawyer or pursuing a claim? Contact us today for your free consultation.