Nearly all personal injury lawyers work on a no win, no fee basis. This means that they only charge you their service fees if they win the case, and you pay absolutely nothing up front. This service is great if you’ve recently been injured in a serious accident and need to take legal action, but are worried about the costs.
Nonetheless, before taking the plunge to hire a lawyer, you may have some reservations, one of them being: “how often does a no win, no fee lawyer actually win?” After all, you only want to go through the stressful and time-intensive legal process if you win the case and receive your settlement.
Each no win, no fee lawyer has their own personal track record, but generally, these lawyers win the vast majority of their cases. This is because they will only take on a case if they’re confident they’ll win it. And rightly so, because if they don’t win, they won’t receive payment for their hard work. Taking on a new case is time intensive and stressful, and a good personal injury lawyer won’t waste your time, or their own, on a case they have slim chance of winning.
Research your chance of winning
Personal injury lawyers have extensive training in cases just like yours, and are highly confident in their skills and ability to get you the settlement you deserve. However, it’s important to do some research when choosing a no win, no fee lawyer to make sure your case has the best chance possible of succeeding.
Speak with a personal injury lawyer before committing
You should sit down for a conversation with your lawyer before committing to their services. Their personal track record and approach to cases is extremely important. You should also look at former customer reviews, as well as any awards or accolades they have won.
Why is this important? With no win, no fee lawyers, you’ll end up paying roughly the same amount out of pocket for an experienced lawyer that you would a mediocre one. So it makes sense to spend a little extra time to find the best professional for your case.
How long does a personal injury case take?
The length and cost of your case will depend on whether or not it goes all the way to trial. In many cases, the other party will agree to a settlement in writing before the case ever goes to court. In these cases, the fees that come out of your settlement and go directly to your lawyer are less than if the case goes all the way to trial. If the case does go to trial, your lawyer will have to compile a complete argument with evidence and witnesses, which will take much longer and require a higher fee. Since all fees come out of your settlement when you win, you will never be charged directly.