How Much Does It Cost to Use a Personal Injury Law Firm?
February 18, 2019
Since many people cannot afford to pay a lawyer's hourly rate up front, accident victims who need to hire a personal injury lawyer often opt for a contingency fee arrangement. Unfortunately, not all lawyers will accept a contingency case, as they require the lawyer to do a significant amount of work without immediate reimbursement. That said most personal injury firms do understand how the financial burden following an accident with injuries can leave the average family scrambling to make ends meet. For this reason, personal injury attorneys routinely accept contingency fee cases that they have a good chance of winning or those that won't require large amounts of their time.
Do You Have a Case?
Most personal injury law firms, through expert communications and a thorough review of your case details, can determine how these issues might impact your case outcomes.
- Reviewing the Details of the Personal Injury Case - Just because you could have been serious injured in an accident does not mean that you were. Damage must be real and quantifiable as well as proven to be caused by the at-fault party.
- Determining if Damages are Serious Enough - Since Florida is a PIP state, an individual's personal injury protection policy is often enough to reimburse all of their medical expenses. Basically, personal injuries must be severe or lingering to estimate the future out-of-pocket costs.
- Assigning a Value to a Personal Injury Claim - Most personal injury claims involve reimbursement of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and ongoing medical expenses for rehabilitative therapies. In cases of gross negligence, a judge may award punitive damages if certain dangers were known but ignored.
- Evaluating the Economics of Filing a Lawsuit - Since a personal injury attorney is experienced at making business judgments about the costs of presenting cases and income from settlements, they can accurately determine what the expected fees should be related to the most probable settlement.
Whether you are suffering from life-changing injuries or dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one, our personal injury lawyers have an innate ability to manage the most complex cases. If you or someone in your family has been seriously injured due to someone's negligence or unreasonable acts, we have the resources and expertise to properly investigate, document and present your personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death action. To determine if you have a legitimate case, contact our office today. The Law Offices of Schackow & Mercadante, P.A. proudly serve the Central & North Florida residents of Gainesville, Lake City, Palatka and Ocala.