If you were hurt in a construction accident and your employer will not pay you the compensation you are entitled to, you may need to hire an experienced construction accident attorney. When deciding on which attorney to retain, it is important to understand the attorney fees you will be charged. Generally, attorneys handling construction accident cases, like other personal injury cases, will handle your case on a contingency fee basis.
What Are Contingency Fee Agreements in Construction Accident Cases?
In a contingency fee agreement, your attorney is only owed attorney fees if you win your case either through a negotiated settlement or at a trial. If you recover no money, you would not owe any attorney fees. Here’s how contingency fee agreements typically work:
- Your attorney will charge you a percentage of the total amount you receive. He will deduct his attorney fees from the final settlement or trial verdict in your case.
- Some attorneys will charge a lower percentage if they settle your case without filing a lawsuit than if they must file a lawsuit for you and litigate your case.
- You will owe the costs associated with your case as well as the attorney fees. These costs generally include medical records, expert witness fees, the fees charged for filing your lawsuit, and depositions. While some attorneys will pay these fees for you and deduct these costs from your final settlement, others will require you to pay them up front.
Why You Do Not Want to Hire an Attorney Only Based on His Fees
While the cost of hiring an attorney will be a consideration in your decision of who to hire, you do not want this to be the sole factor in making your decision. You want an experienced attorney who is not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve. In addition, many employers in Texas are non-subscriber employers who have opted out of providing workers’ compensation benefits. This is a specialized area of the law, and you need an attorney who handles this type of case if your employer is a non-subscriber employer.
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