Put simply, a personal injury attorney gives you the best chance of getting the compensation you need and deserve.
Not sure how to afford to pay for a personal injury lawsuit is a difficult situation. It’s no fun getting hurt by someone else’s actions. The emotional burden of injury is significant. The stress can be even worse after a traumatic event caused by someone else. After considering the cost of medical care, the exposure to personal injury can worsen significantly.
After you’ve paid your medical bills, your paperback can already hurt. You may even have missed work hours due to the injury, adding to the financial pain. The thought of paying a lawyer to get the compensation you deserve can be daunting.
You are entitled to compensation from the person who caused your injury. However, obtaining adequate compensation can seem a difficult and expensive task in itself. While it may seem scary, getting adequate compensation with the help of a lawyer is doable, smart, and doesn’t need to add more stress to your life. For the most part, a South Carolina personal injury attorney provides services in a manner that is affordable to all injured parties. Many lawyers also offer free consultations.
What is a contingent fee?
One way that personal injury attorneys can ensure their services are available to all is through contingent fees. A contingent fee is a fee charged by an attorney based on (or dependent on) whether the attorney wins the case and provides you with compensation. In other words, if your lawyer doesn’t give you compensation, you don’t owe him any money. In most cases, a contingent fee is a fixed percentage of a final settlement.
Contingent fees help significantly reduce the stress of filing a personal injury claim. First, the stress associated with paying a lawyer is instantly removed. Additionally, knowing that your attorney is operating on a contingent fee basis should increase your confidence that your attorney will do everything in their power to win your case. After all, they are only paid if they are successful with your claim.
Would I have more money if I pursued the claim myself?
People often wonder if they would be better off financially if they represented themselves in their personal injury claim. Most of the time the answer is “no”. You will run out of money if you make a personal injury claim yourself. Of course, once the claim is settled, you don’t have to pay a contingent fee to a lawyer if you represent yourself. However, there are hidden costs of representing yourself that can easily exceed the cost of a lawyer.
If you represent yourself, the final amount of compensation you will receive may be significantly less than if you were represented by a lawyer. First, you don’t have the experience a personal injury attorney has. Without prior experience with court records, you could miss a procedural deadline or other important detail that completely affects your compensation.
Photo by Toralf Thomassen on Unsplash
Aside from procedural errors that can completely jeopardize your compensation claim, unless you are a personal injury attorney yourself, you can make mistakes in calculating the total cost of compensation you deserve. For example, you may not know how to rate your pain and suffering, or how best to document them.
Finally, the other party’s legal counsel can take advantage of your lack of negotiation experience. Nobody wants to be taken advantage of. Unfortunately, many injured parties who represent themselves in the claims process are exploited by the other party.
How does a personal injury attorney help?
Hiring a personal injury attorney may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Personal injury lawyers are available to everyone thanks to contingent fees and free advice.
A personal injury attorney will help you by being your attorney. Your lawyer will listen to your story to help understand the pain and suffering you have experienced. Your attorney will have a general idea of the future cost, pain, and suffering your specific injury may cause based on their experience in the field. Understanding your attorney’s understanding of your injury and previous personal injury experience will help ensure you don’t expect nasty surprises.
Put simply, a personal injury attorney gives you the best chance of getting the compensation you need and deserve. Fortunately, hiring assault is affordable for everyone.