If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident or by a slip and fall in a supermarket or by the negligence of a doctor or dentist or for any other reason, the question isn’t can you afford to hire an Austin personal injury attorney. The real question is can you afford to not hire an Austin personal injury attorney?
Why you need an Austin personal injury attorney
The law is never simple. It can be very complex and very confusing. You can go to three three different Internet sites looking for information about your injury and find three different answers. Even attorneys will often not agree on what a particular law means. In fact, that is why we have judges–to determine what laws really mean.
In many cases, it’s difficult to determine something as simple as who was negligent and how he or she was negligent. You may feel that your doctor gave you a bad injection, but what is the law that governs this and how do you prove that the doctor was negligent? Maybe the doctor acted in good faith but there was something wrong with the drug.
No matter what kind of injury you sustain, an insurance company will most likely defend the person or company who you believe caused your injury. Insurance adjusters and attorneys are very skilled at getting you to agree to settle for the smallest amount of money. If you want to get a fair settlement, given your accident and the severity of injuries, you need the experience and skills of a personal injury attorney.
Why you can afford a personal injury attorney
Personal injury attorneys almost always work on what’s called a contingency fee basis. This means that they do not charge you directly for their services. Instead, they take a percentage of whatever settlement they can negotiate on your behalf. This fee is usually based on the amount of work the lawyer must do to win you that fair settlement. It typically goes from 20% to 40%. The highest percentage, or the 40%, is if the case must be tried in a court of law. This is considered to be fair because your personal injury attorney will most likely have higher out-of-pocket expenses if she or he has to try the case. For example, your attorney may have to hire expert witnesses to testify about negligence or about the severity of your injuries.
In other words, a injury attorney doesn’t really cost you anything out-of-pocket. In fact, the attorney has a powerful incentive to get you the maximum amount of money because the bigger the settlement, the more money he or she will earn. But at the beginning they work for free on your case until they win for you.
What to expect when you hire a personal injury attorney
Your attorney will first try to negotiate a fair settlement for you with the insurance company. Naturally, the insurance company will try to buy off your claim for as few dollars as possible. Your attorney will evaluate your case based on her or his experience with claims such as yours, and factors such as the severity of the injury you sustained and your out-of-pocket and medical expenses. He or she may make a counter offer. In some cases, the insurance company will decide to accept the counter offer and your case will be settled.
If a settlement cannot be reached
However, in many cases, there is such a big a disparity between what the insurance company wants to pay and what your attorney feels would be a fair, the case just cannot be settled. If so, your personal injury lawyer would then have to file suit in your behalf. This alone may be enough to force the insurance company to come forward with a better settlement offer. If not, the case will have to be tried in a court of law.
In any event, your Austin personal injury attorney will do everything possible to win you the settlement you deserve and, best of all; it really costs you nothing to get started. You can talk to one free today