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If you’ve been hurt in an automobile accident, you probably have a lot on your mind. You may wonder how severe your injuries are, what kind of treatment lies ahead, whether you will miss time from work, and how you will be able to afford your medical bills. One thing you should not worry about, however, is whether you can afford to hire a lawyer to help you get the justice you deserve.


In fact, having a skilled personal injury lawyer is critical. Attorneys serve the important function of representing your interests. They seek to get you the highest amount of compensation they can based on the facts of your case. But attorneys also do something for you that is, perhaps, even more important – they take on all of the tasks involved with dealing with medical providers about bills, communicating with the defense lawyer, and working with the insurance company off of your plate so you can stop worrying about those hassles and focus on getting better.

Once you hire an attorney, he or she is your voice to the other people involved in the case. The attorney, of course, will turn to you for authority to make major decisions, such as whether to settle your case and for how much. Although the attorney will advise you, those decisions are yours alone. Other than that, the attorney is the one who handles communications, negotiates on your behalf, compiles medical records and bills, and keeps track of important deadlines. He or she can let your medical providers know that you are involved in a lawsuit and that they will get paid in the end if you win, so that you won’t have to endure calls from creditors and billing departments while you’re not feeling well.

Your lawyer should let you know what is going on and be accessible to you if you have questions, but you should not have to communicate with anyone else or come up with large amounts of money for medical bills. You should leave all of the details to your lawyer and concentrate on getting the treatment you need.


In most personal injury cases, such as auto accident cases, you will sign what is known as a contingent fee agreement. The language of these agreements varies widely, but the way they work is typically the same. Contingent fee agreements require you to pay for office expenses associated with your case that the office fronts, such as photocopying or mailing charges. But you are not required to pay ANY attorney’s fees at that time. You will only pay attorney’s fees if you ultimately win your case. The percentage the attorney gets varies between 25% and 40%, depending on the complexity of the case and whether it goes to trial, which can increase fees. The average attorney’s fee is 1/3 of your recovery. Retainers may be necessary in other types of cases, such as divorces and criminal cases, but they are not required for injury cases.

Most of all, your attorney wants you to win. They need you to know that they’re out there fighting for you. They want to see you get compensated for your medical bills, lost income, and your pain and suffering too. They have the incentive to work extra hard to win your case, because when you’re successful in the end, everybody wins. So, don’t hesitate. Call one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today, and let us help you.

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