How We are Paid – Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Matters
One of the first questions many prospective clients ask us is “how much do you charge”. Personal injury is an area of the law where all people have equal access to justice. The reason for this is the contingent fee agreement.
When clients retain TJR P.C. the amount they are charged will ordinarily be a percentage of the total amount of any recovery in their claim whether that is by settlement, jury verdict, or some other alternative dispute resolution procedure.
American courts have long recognized that without contingent fees most citizens when injured lack the means to hire quality legal representation. People desperately in need or being compensated for their injuries usually have no recourse against those who have harmed them if they have to pay lawyers by the hour. With a contingent fee there is no attorney’s fee charged unless the attorney is successful. The attorney’s fee, however, is separate and distinct* from litigation expenses, which ordinarily is the obligation to the client.
There are other methods by which personal injury attorneys can be retained to represent injured people but at TJR P.C. we feel the advantages of the contingent fee agreement are numerous. The greatest advantage to the client is the absence of any risks of owing the attorney a fee if the case is not successful. People who have been harmed who retain attorneys on a contingent basis are able to retain attorneys who are qualified to stand toe to toe with the attorneys retained by the insurance companies to represent those who have harmed them.
At TJR P.C. our interests are joined with yours unlike attorneys who work on an hourly basis. Contingent fee agreements provide motivation to the attorney to do his best possible job for the client. When attorneys are paid on an hourly basis there is no incentive for the attorney to be efficient, effective, and work hard. The incentive is simply to work long. At TJR P.C. almost all of cases are handled on a contingent fee basis. The percentage charged will be discussed with you at the time you contact our Firm and will depend upon the complexity of the matter and other factors which will be reviewed with you at the outset of the representation. Many litigation law firms expect to be compensated, even if there’s no recovery of money. Because we are confident in the cases we handle, we share in the risk of no recovery and work as a full partner on the case. We would have it no other way.
- These Costs could potentially include, but are not limited to filing fees, expert witness costs, court reporters fees and costs for transcripts, private process servers, private investigators, and mileage.
To learn more about our pricing and services, contact us today to get in touch with our Leesburg and Loudoun county attorney.