The Missouri Department of Transportation (DOT) indicates1 that more than 35,000 traffic accidents which resulted in personal injuries in 2011. Many of these car accident victims sustain serious injuries that result in significant economic and non-economic losses. These losses may include property damage, lost income, loss of quality of life, and emotional and physical pain and suffering. In many cases, the assistance of an attorney can help people ensure that receive the maximum amount of compensation for these and other losses. Unfortunately, may people who are injured in car accidents are worried that they will not be able to afford an attorney to represent them. Fortunately, the vast majority of personal injury attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that literally anyone who needs one will be able to retain an attorney.
How Do Contingency Fees Work?
Under a contingency fee agreement, a client agrees to share a certain percentage of any settlement or award with their attorney if and when it is received. As a result, an injured party will not pay anything to their attorney if he or she does not receive compensation and will at no point have to pay any legal fees out of the money they already have. In some cases, there are significant expenses associated with litigation, including the fees charged by expert witnesses, medical evaluations, legal support staff, and alternative dispute resolution. These and other expenses that may arise are generally paid by the attorney handling a personal injury case.
In most instances, car accident victims are able to recover significantly more when represented by an attorney. Some of the specific ways that an attorney can help after a car accident include the following:
- Represent your interests to any insurance companies that may be involved.
- Negotiate a settlement agreement on your behalf.
- File the paperwork necessary to initiate your case with the appropriate court.
- Ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Contact a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
Individuals who have been injured in a car accident in the St. Louis area are often entitled to receive significant compensation. At The Bruning Law Firm, we strive to obtain the maximum possible settlement or award for each client we represent. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (314) 898-3078.
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If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an auto accident, contact The Bruning Law Firm today. We provide the comprehensive, professional legal representation you deserve at a time when you need it most.
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