Contingency Fee Representation
There is Never a Fee Unless We Win Your Case
Accidents are just that, accidents. They typically happen when you least
expect it and when you are entirely unprepared for an emergency. Not only
does the victim have to endure exorbitant medical expenses, but they have
to deal with the fact that their life is put on hold for days, weeks,
months and sometimes even years. Most people cannot afford to pay thousands
of dollars in unexpected medical expenses, let alone pay their everyday
expenses when they are unable to work and earn a living.
For this reason, hiring a personal injury lawyer in Orange County may seem
impossible, unaffordable and out of reach after an accident. However,
this is the time when you need a lawyer most. Hiring legal counsel with
a proven track record is absolutely essential if you want to obtain the
compensation you deserve. Failure to hire an attorney could result in
a low-ball settlement offer from the insurance company, so it is imperative
that you reach out to the team at Cohn & Swartzon, P.C.
When you with an Orange County injury attorney at our firm, you won't
be expected to pay us any legal fees unless we are able to secure a favorable
verdict or settlement on your behalf.
What does a "contingency fee" mean?
With a contingency fee arrangement, the client agrees to pay the attorney
a certain percentage of the total amount recovered in the case, if any,
rather than paying a flat or hourly rate for representation. In other
words, the fee is "contingent" on a recovery. This allows many
individuals to receive top quality legal representation that they might
not otherwise be able to afford. Typically, the percentage of fees will
vary depending at what the stage the case resolves, such as if the case
settles without a lawsuit, resolves after a lawsuit is filed with the
court, or after a verdict or arbitration award is reached. When you hire
Cohn & Swartzon, P.C., you will not owe any attorney's fees if
there is no recovery. For this reason, you would have nothing to lose
by seeking legal representation.
Are there any additional costs?
In addition to fees, most lawyers also charge for out of pocket expenses
to prosecute the case. For example, they will need to gather records,
file documents, meet with doctors, or retain expert witnesses. This obviously
costs money. Some personal injury attorneys require clients to pay for
these items up front or as the case moves along. However, Cohn & Swartzon,
P.C. will generally advance these costs and is then reimbursed at the
end of the case – as long as there is a recovery. At Cohn &
Swartzon, P.C., if there is no recovery, you will not owe any costs incurred
by the firm.
How does the contingent fee system impact the client?
First, it means that most lawyers are going to assess the risks of accepting
a case carefully. Contrary to what you may hear in the media, the fact
that an attorney is going to be paid a percentage of any recovery actually
discourages frivolous litigation. No lawyer in his or her right mind is
going to take on a frivolous case and then work hundreds of hours on it
for zero gain. This also means that they will be more motivated to seek
a favorable outcome for the client, since it will also benefit them.
What are the benefits of this system?
The major benefit for the client is that they will be able to obtain legal
representation without paying out of pocket or hourly costs. For the client,
the contingency fee is often the key to the courthouse. Because there
is risk sharing, you can have a very experienced attorney represent you
and not have to worry about the bill for legal fees. You will not receive
a monthly fee statement, not have to pay a retainer fee or advance any
costs up front. As a result, even those who don't think they can afford
an Orange County injury attorney are able to get the representation they
need and deserve.
Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. is Ready to Fight for You
The team at Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. works on a contingency fee basis.
This means that we only receive a fee for our work if we successfully
conclude your case. Unlike other law firms, you will not receive a bill
simply for picking up the phone to ask a question. Instead, the lawyers
at our firm are paid on a percentage basis on the total amount they recover,
and only at the end of your case. There are no hidden charges, no hidden
fees, and everything will be laid out in writing. When an accident victim
attempts to represent themselves, they are doing themselves and their
case a great injustice.
Contact the firm to learn more about our contingency fee representation.