What should I do if I can't afford to hire an attorney after a car accident?

Contingency Fee

Nobody can predict when they will be involved in a car accident. Insurance companies estimate that the average person will be involved in a crash about 3-4 times within his or her lifetime. Many crash victims sustain injuries that result in medical expenses and lost time at work.

If you were involved in a crash, you may be ready and willing to accept a settlement from the other driver's insurance company. Doing so will prevent you from recovering all damages owed to you, however. You may also be reluctant to hire an attorney due to the costs, but having the right attorney on your side can maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. If you're concerned about the cost of hiring an attorney, here's what you should know.

How a contingency fee works

A contingency fee is an agreement where an attorney represents an injured client, but doesn't charge a fee unless damages are recovered. Some law firms charge high hourly fees for their services. The problem is, many people who need legal representation can't afford to pay for expensive legal fees upfront.

The Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC is dedicated to helping injured people pursue strong legal cases while making our services affordable. That means, we won't charge you any upfront fees, but will take a percentage of the total compensation awarded once your case is resolved through a settlement or verdict.

What part of my compensation is taken for a contingency fee?

The amount of money awarded to your attorney once your case is resolved will depend on the total amount of damages recovered. Pursuing a personal injury case can be expensive. Many of the expenses involved in pursuing a case will be paid upfront by your attorney, but reimbursed once you are compensated. These costs often include:

  • The time, skill and labor put into your case
  • Cost of obtaining medical records, crash reports and other important documents
  • Cost of hiring a crash reconstruction expert
  • Case preparation for trial (if a settlement can't be reached)
  • Travel costs

Once your case is resolved, your attorney may collect up to:

  • 33.3% of your recovery up to $1 million
  • 20% of your recovery if it's between $1-2 million
  • 15% of your recovery if it's more than $2 million

Will I be charged for a legal consultation?

If you were injured by a negligent party, you may have questions that need answers. That's why our law firm offers free and confidential case consultations. That means, we will not charge a dime to help you explore your legal options.

Being involved in a crash can be a frustrating ordeal. You're faced with mounting medical expenses while you're unable to work and earn a paycheck. The other driver's insurance company won't serve your best interests. In fact, they will use every trick up their sleeve to pay you as little as possible. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC can deal with the insurance companies for you and fight to maximize your compensation.

We proudly serve clients in Longwood, Florida and throughout the greater Orlando area. Contact us online to find out how we can help you.