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When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
A personal injury lawyer represents people who have been injured as a result of the wrongdoing of another person, government agency, company, or other entity. A personal injury lawyer will represent your interests and do everything that is legally possible to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
What to Expect from your Personal Injury Lawyer
Once you have retained a personal injury lawyer, you can expect your lawyer to handle all major aspects of your personal injury case. For example, a personal injury lawyer will:
- Interview you and other witnesses/parties to build your case.
- Prepare for and conduct depositions of you and other witnesses/parties to be used as testimonial evidence.
- Handle all correspondence with the defense lawyers and the court.
- File motions, briefs, and other documents with the court.
- Hire experts to testify about any technical or medical issues that concern your case.
- Engage in settlement negotiations with the defense attorneys.
- Present your case before a jury and/or judge.
Personal Injury Lawyer Compensation
When choosing a personal injury lawyer, you are free to discuss with your attorney and determine the appropriate method of compensation. The most common forms of compensation include: contingency fee arrangements, hourly rates, or flat fees.
- Flat Fees. In a flat fee compensation arrangement, you will agree to pay your lawyer a predetermined sum upon the completion of your case. Typically, you must pay your lawyer this flat fee regardless of the outcome of your lawsuit. Flat fee arrangements are very rare in personal injury cases.
- Hourly Rates. An hourly fee arrangement requires you to pay your attorney based upon the number of hours he or she spends working on your case. It is your attorney’s responsibility to keep detailed records of his or her hours, and they cannot bill you for time they spent working on a different case.
- Contingent Fee Arrangements. A contingency fee arrangement is an agreement where the lawyer only collects his or her fee if you win your case. In a typical contingent fee arrangement, the lawyer will collect 1/3 of your total award. Contingent fee arrangements are the most common fee agreement in personal injury cases.
It is worth noting that you, the client, are free to terminate your relationship with your personal injury lawyer at any time. Once terminated, a lawyer must return all files used in your case up to that point. However, even if you terminate your lawyer, you may still owe them compensation for their time already expended pursuing your case.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you or a loved one has been injured, you should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies.
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Last Modified: 10-02-2014 04:50 PM PDT
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