Florida Personal Injury Lawsuits: Can I Afford an Attorney?
One question comes up a lot: I was injured, but I can not afford an attorney; what do I do? Many Florida victims are worried that the services of an attorney will simply be out of reach. This is a common misconception. You can always afford an attorney for your injury case. Instead of paying upfront costs, you can obtain the services of a qualified personal injury attorney who will work for you on a contingency fee basis. There are many advantages to using this type of agreement, but the most important one is that you can always afford to take legal action.
Contingency Fee Agreements: Explained
For many Florida injury victims, hiring an attorney who will work under a contingency fee agreement is the best option. Signing a contingency fee agreement means that you, as the victim, will only be required to pay your attorney’s fees in the event that you receive an injury verdict or a settlement. This is because your attorney will not be working at an hourly rate. Instead, your attorney will agree to accept a set percentage of the compensation you receive from your settlement or verdict. Beyond eliminating your upfront expenses, there are other significant benefits associated with using a contingency fee agreement:
- Your attorney takes on the risk: All Florida injury victims have reasonable concerns over what will happen to them if their injury claim is unsuccessful. Will they be stuck paying twice? First for their injury, and then for additional legal fees? This will not occur with a contingency fee agreement. Using this method, your personal injury attorney is agreeing to take on all of the financial risks associated with bringing your legal case.
- Attorney-client incentives are fully aligned: Incentives always matter. When working on a contingency fee basis, both an attorney and a victim will unequivocally benefit from the same result. This type of agreement will always encourage an attorney to work quickly to get your case the maximum recovery that is available. You deserve full compensation.
- You can take on defendants with deep pockets: Finally, some defendants, such as big corporations or insurance companies, have very deep pockets. It can be intimidating to take them on if you have to foot the upfront costs. They may try to find ways to bury you in legal fees and paperwork. It is critical that you are able to hold these parties accountable for their negligence. Your attorney will not let the deep pockets of a company prevent you from recovering fair compensation.
Were You Injured in Florida?
The bottom line is simple, you can always afford a personal injury attorney. You owe it to yourself and to your family to bring a claim. At the Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have helped many victims recover fair compensation. Our team is committed to giving each case individualized attention. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in the Tampa area, please contact our office today at (813) 242-4404 to set up a free review of your claim.