Although the availability of personal injury lawyers that can be retained for free is not as prevalent as many people think, there are several personal injury attorneys who work on a contingency basis. However, most of them will decline your case if they think it is not good enough or viable. It is also unlikely for a personal injury lawyer to handle your case on a percentage basis if it involves anything other than personal injuries.
Locating a personal injury lawyer who will take your case on a percentage or contingency basis may not be easy. Do not expect to find one by just reading advertisements. There is not much information in these sources that could help you
make a valid judgment. Here are a few tips on how to find a lawyer who may handle your case on a contingency basis:
A good starting point in finding a personal injury lawyer who will take your case on a percentage basis is through personal referrals. You can ask your friends, relatives, co-workers, doctors or people in your community who have faced the same problem as you. Not only you will be able to locate a personal injury lawyer that can be paid on a contingency basis but you will also be able to get a review of the service from others who have worked with the personal injury lawyer in question, which is a great way of checking the credentials and quality of service of the lawyer. However, do not base your decision solely on other people’s recommendations. You must also see for yourself if the prospective lawyer is competent enough to handle your case on a percentage basis.
Online Research and Referrals
The Internet is a good place to find information about personal injury lawyers who work on a percentage basis. Search the Web and you will immediately find a number of websites that are actually operated and owned by reputable personal injury lawyers. There are also online listings of personal injury lawyers where you can search by name, specialty, firm, state or location and billing practice.
Lawyer Referral Services
Lawyer referral services are a good source of information but please be aware that these services cannot give you legal advice and will only refer you to personal injury lawyers who can help. Most lawyer referral services carefully screen lawyers and include only those who are qualified based on their criteria in their list. When choosing a lawyer referral service, ensure to ask what their qualifications are for selecting lawyers to be included in their list and how they screen them.
Once you have found a personal injury attorney who will work on a percentage basis, make sure to discuss how out of pocket costs will be treated under a percentage fee arrangement.
If you follow the above advice and take your time in searching for a personal injury lawyer, you should be able to find a personal injury lawyer who is qualified and is also willing to take your case on a contingency basis.
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