Because there were fewer drivers on the road, Pennsylvania recorded its second-lowest number of traffic fatalities in 93 years in 2020. Regrettably, though, there were still 1,060 fatal motor vehicle accidents and another roughly 45,000 injury-causing ones that year.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in a car crash, your paramount concern must be your health. Hospitals, medical procedures, medication and rehabilitation do not come cheaply, however. If you are out of work because of your accident-related injuries, you may wonder if you can afford to hire a personal injury lawyer.
The reasons for seeking a competent attorney
Insurance companies often have teams of lawyers that look out for their interests instead of their customers’ concerns. Consequently, you simply may not have the experience and resources to advocate effectively for the financial compensation you deserve. Collaborating with a personal injury lawyer helps you level the playing field.
The cost of legal representation
Representing clients in personal injury matters often requires the extensive legal knowledge, a support staff, technology and an office. Because these are expensive, attorneys must bill for their time and work. Adding the cost of legal representation to the medical bills you are already struggling to pay probably should not worry you, though.
The nature of contingency agreements
Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingent basis. This means your attorneys do not receive payment for legal fees until you win. You may have to pay some related expenses, such as filing fees, however, as some costs fall outside the contingency agreement. Because your attorney should explain the fee structure, you should not have any surprises.
You undoubtedly have a great deal on your plate after your car crash. Ultimately, though, you should not let a fear of legal bills keep you from taking steps to protect your legal and financial interests.