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Four Things You Should Know If You're Thinking About Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer For The First Time

by Yolanda Lane

If you are in need of a personal injury attorney and have never used one before, you are likely to have many questions. Simply picking up a phone and calling one can be intimidating. The following are a few of the important things you should understand about a personal injury attorney.

They don't get paid until you win your case

Regardless of whether you reach a settlement or you win a court case, a personal injury attorney will not get paid until the case is over. At this time, your attorney will take a certain percentage of the settlement. This is referred to as a contingency fee because it is contingent on a settlement being reached. If the attorney does not win your case, he or she will not be paid. So from your point of view, there is no risk that you will owe any money if there is no settlement or court judgment.

They offer free consultations

Because personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, they usually offer potential clients a free consultation. Once you have spoken to an attorney, you will have a good idea about how good your case is.

They will work to get all the compensation you are entitled to

This is important to keep in mind because far too many people think hiring an attorney means that you are being greedy. But no attorney can get you compensation that you are not legally entitled to. You can get a lot less, and that is what claims adjusters routinely attempt to do. If you have already been offered a settlement, you can be sure that it is less than you have coming to you.

They will come to you if necessary

If you are bedridden in a hospital, don't think for a moment that you cannot have legal representation until you are released. A personal injury attorney will arrange to meet with you at your earliest convenience. Of course, it will be helpful for a lawyer to hear a general idea of what happened, but a meeting that provides greater details can take place in your hospital room. The same is true with visiting you at your home. If necessary, they will often do this as well.

You will never get the compensation you are legally entitled to without an attorney. Claims adjusters for insurance companies are paid to keep settlements low. Any offer made to you is almost certainly too low. You need no money for a personal injury lawyer because they are paid from the court judgment or settlement. They offer free consultations and will come to a hospital or your home if needed. Talk to a personal injury attorney, such as Leisawitz Heller, for more information. 


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Insights Into How Our Legal System Works

Hello, I'm Christina Miller. Have you ever been fascinated with why the law works the way it does? Ever since I was in junior high, I had an intense interest in anything related to our legal system, whether it be a crime drama on television, a judge show or a legal case covered on the news. I followed it all. As time progressed, I began learning about how the actual legal system worked and not just the fictionalized version of our legal system. This has lead me to start writing my own blog posts about law that I hope will help others.