How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer and to Pursue a Personal Injury Case?
In the aftermath of a Florida automobile accident or personal injury incident, it is important for the injury victim and family to line up an experienced, affordable, hard working, and, yes, caring attorney.
When a person lacks the contacts and funds to line up an attorney, is it really possible to find all of these attributes in an attorney?
Such attorneys / law firms are not on every corner like a McDonald’s, Starbucks, or Chik-Fil-A.
However, you should be able to find the right attorney for your case that handles cases in your town / city. So, one common question that arises is the following:
How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer and Pursue a Personal Injury Case?
At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., we provide a Free Consultation on automobile, trucking, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accident cases.
We provide Free Consultations on personal injury cases including but not limited to slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall, and dog bite cases.
There are no strings attached and no requirement to hire Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. when you schedule / complete the consultation.
Through the consultation, you will get an experienced attorney to review the situation. They will provide you with guidance and advice about the applicable Florida laws on point and the recommended action.
At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., do we accept every single case that comes to the firm? The honest answer is No.
For instance, it would be economically and practically impossible to take on every case for every person.
At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., you will get a timely and fair assessment of your case. You will be respected as a potential client and person.
If the law supports the pursuit of the case and it is practical to take on the case, the law firm of Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. will handle the case on a contingency basis.
This means that there will be no attorney fees or costs charged unless there is a financial recovery or settlement.
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Contingency Fee Attorney Client Contract
Contingency means a future event or circumstance which is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty.
At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., we handle our personal injury cases on a contingency basis which means that the client will not be responsible for any costs or attorney fees until the end of the case and only if there is a financial recovery / settlement of the case.
As noted in the definition, a contingency cannot be predicted with certainty. This part of the definition is very appropriate in the realm of legal cases.
In other words, a lawyer should not and cannot guarantee a result or the future.
For example, if an attorney makes promises or guarantees as to how or when a case works out, a potential client should be very wary of the attorney and the promises made.
We do not and will not represent insurance companies or big business.
At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., our mission is to be On Your Side – At Your Side. We have developed and sustained a law practice in which we are prepared to wait to get paid and weather the storm and challenges of a case.
We strive to see the case to its rightful conclusion whether it is through a pre-suit settlement or litigation / trial.
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Attorney Fees Under Contingency Contract
At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., we carefully review each case that comes into the office. Then, we make a determination if we can help the potential client in a meaningful way.
It should be pointed out that Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. is a small business.
The choices that we have made in case selection through the six decades of being in business has enabled us to stay in business to continue to help the clients whose cases we have accepted.
As pointed out above, we do not and cannot handle every case that comes our way.
When a case is accepted under the contingency fee arrangement, attorney fees are calculated on the settlement / financial result obtained.
The attorney fees are a percentage of the gross recovery.
As such, the more that Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. recovers for the client, the more that Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. earns or makes as an attorney fee on the case.
What If There Is Zero Recovery?
If there is no recovery at all, there are no attorney fees or costs charged to the case.
That’s right, the client would owe Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. absolutely nothing. We are prepared to take the risks for our clients.
While it is not common that a case results in a zero recovery, it does happen from time to time.
Even when Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. puts hundreds of hours in on case, if there is no recovery despite the best efforts of the law firm and the cooperation of the client, then there will be no attorney fees charged for the significant time spent on the case.
Again, it is not common for there to be a zero recovery but this can happen.
It occurs with issues in liability or fault, when there’s a lack of insurance coverage, and other other circumstances.
Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer Under the Contingency Fee Contract
At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., we do not ask the client to pay a retainer for costs to the law firm to properly work up and handle the case.
In addition, the law firm pays for the costs with the hope and anticipation that there will be a financial recovery / settlement on the case to pay for the costs expended to push the case forward.
It should be pointed out the costs are separate than attorney fees.
In other words, costs are not built into the attorney fee percentage under the contingency fee attorney client contract.
In the aftermath of an accident or injury, a client does not typically have vast financial resources to pay for the expenses / costs.
These include costs related to medical record retrieval, medical bill retrieval, private investigators (when needed), accident reconstruction expert (when needed), medical expert reports, government record retrieval, and other expenses.
Medical Bills and Insurance Liens
When and if a case is resolved through a settlement or verdict, there are medical bills and liens to work out on most personal injury and accident cases.
Medical bills are mostly covered through automobile insurance (Personal Injury Protection) and health insurance.
However, there are typically bills that remain due and owing when a case is resolved.
Many clients lack automobile insurance and / or health insurance. In these cases, bills may be a bit higher than they would have been had there been insurance in place.
For cases in which health insurance steps in pays for medical bills related to an accident / incident, the health insurance carrier will typically file a lien on the case.
In other words, the health insurance company will formally request that it be reimbursed from the settlement for monies that were paid out for medical bills.
We are quite familiar with health insurance liens and how to get them reduced in most cases. We also work well with the local medical providers to get final medical bills and balances reduced when possible.
At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., we do not charge any extra attorney fees to reduce medical bills and liens. So, any reductions and waives go to directly benefit the client.
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We bring each client deep personal injury, car accident, slip & fall and accident industry experience. Likewise, we provide insight on the challenges you and your family are facing. In addition, we offer clients honest feedback to maximize your capacity to be fully compensated for your personal injury case.
I was completely unequipped to handle the hardships resulting from my accident. From the ambulance ride to the trip home after the ER visit, it quickly became completely overwhelming. I didn’t know what tests I needed, who I should trust for care, or how to even begin sorting out the bills. I couldn’t walk and – the scariest part – had to move back in with my parents. Dejected and completely lost, David Wolf was recommended to me by a family member who knows him personally, and that recommendation turned a nightmare into a neatly organized process of reliable care and manageable bills.
The entire team of staff members I worked with was fantastic. I spoke with David many times and he always found time to be there for me if I felt unsure about something. The staff is obviously well organized. If I was confused about an upcoming appointment or a next step, there was always a knowledgeable adviser (like the on-staff nurse, who I relied on heavily) available to help me make a good choice.
I was guided to excellent doctors, surgeons, and physical therapists, where I had every permanent injury repaired quickly. I got top-notch pain management services, and at the end of it all, I came away with the maximum compensation my insurance company could have offered, which will give me the lift I need to return to my life more-or-less where I left off, a day I had initially worried would never come.
The only thing that could have possibly gone better would be not getting injured in the first place. But since I did, now that my care is finished and my case is closed, I’m glad I chose Wood, Atter, and Wolf to represent me. I’d recommend him without hesitation.