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How to Pay for a Personal Injury Lawyer: Why a Lack of Funds Should Not Stop You from Pursuing Justice

How to Pay for a Personal Injury Lawyer

A serious injury due to the negligence of another person can leave you frightened about your future. Extensive medical bills and missed time from work can result in financial hardship due to no fault of your own. You may want to pursue a civil lawsuit against the responsible party but fear that you need money to start the process.

This is not a problem when it comes to a personal injury lawyer. Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC does not require money upfront, but rather, work on a contingency fee basis. If you suffered a serious injury caused by the negligence of another person, consider reaching out to a personal injury lawyer for a free case evaluation.

What a Contingency Fee Basis Means in Personal Injury Cases

When a personal injury lawyer works on a contingency fee basis, it means they only collect their fees if they win your case. If they do not win your case, you generally do not owe them any legal fees.

Personal injury lawyers understand that what happened to you was sudden and unexpected. The aftermath of a serious injury requires adjusting to a new daily routine. Your challenges may include relearning a basic skill or recovering from surgery.

The thought of pursuing civil action against those liable for your injuries may seem impossible. Television, movies, and other forms of media imply that lawyers are costly and their services unaffordable for you.

The truth is that personal injury law is different from criminal defense law. The primary goal of a personal injury lawyer is to secure fair compensation for a client whose life was forever changed due to negligence. Understanding that this type of lawyer only collects their fee if they win your case is key to contacting one as soon as possible.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

A serious injury can take you by surprise and bring your world to a complete stop. Depending upon the severity of your injury, you may never return to your career or favorite activities. There are various ways you can experience a personal injury due to the negligence or reckless actions of another person, company, employer, medical professional, or manufacturer.

The following are just a few examples of personal injury cases:

  • Traffic accidents: accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles, including collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Slip and fall accidents: a wet floor, poorly maintained parking lot, or a cord across a floor are a few examples of how a slip and fall accident can happen when a property owner fails to use care.
  • Product liability: a malfunctioning product or a product with cancer-causing chemicals that a manufacturer knowingly distributed to consumers without warning or recall, resulting in harm.
  • Medical malpractice: a misdiagnosis or surgical mistake is often grounds for medical malpractice litigation or a wrongful death lawsuit.

If you experienced your serious injuries due to a form of negligence listed above or some other form of carelessness, a personal injury attorney can help you. At the core of negligence is the failure to use care a similar person would use in like circumstances. You should not experience a lifetime of physical, financial, and emotional stress due to the negligence of a liable party. If this happened to you, give careful thought to contacting a personal injury lawyer now.

Possible Types of Compensation

Each personal injury case is different. Personal injury cases typically involve the following types of compensation:

  • Medical costs: any costs associated with your case including medical transport to the hospital, your hospital bills, and doctors’ fees.
  • Ongoing medical costs: costs for rehabilitation, prescription medications, and therapies.
  • Loss of income: compensation for time missed from work due to your injuries.
  • Diminished earning capacity: this type of compensation applies if you cannot return to the same career as before.
  • Pain and suffering: the mental anguish and any diminished quality of life.

Sadly, some personal injury victims cannot survive their injuries. If you lost a close loved one due to negligence, a personal injury lawyer can represent you in a wrongful death lawsuit. The types of damages included in most wrongful death cases include:

  • Final medical expenses for the victim.
  • Funeral and burial costs.
  • Loss of income.
  • Loss of companionship.
  • Loss of inheritance.

No amount of money can replace your loved one or restore your life to how it was before the accident. It can, however, ease your financial stress. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can help you determine if your relationship to the victim qualifies you for a civil lawsuit.

The outcome of your civil case depends upon the details specific to your accident and resulting injuries. If the person negligent for your harm faces criminal charges, their criminal case has no bearing on your civil case.

You Can Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer

When it comes to securing legal representation, you cannot afford to not have an attorney on your side. Your injuries or the loss of your loved one leaves you no time to deal with aggressive insurance companies. A personal injury lawyer can handle negotiations on your behalf. If necessary, they take your case to court.

Filing your civil lawsuit within the statute of limitations is imperative due to state laws. Missing the deadline for filing your case may result in losing your opportunity for possible compensation forever. Do not let this happen to you. While contacting a personal injury lawyer may not top your to-do list, contact one without delay.

Personal injury lawyers focus on cases where victims suffer serious harm—or death—due to no fault of their own. If this happened to you or someone you love, you deserve justice. You can afford a personal injury lawyer. Protect your financial future by contacting Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC as soon as possible.

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