What Do Contingency Fees Mean for Victims of Accidents?
Have you been the victim of an accident? Was the accident the fault of someone else? Do you feel confident that you have a case against them but you can’t afford to hire an attorney? At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we hear stories like this all the time. The sad truth is that many accident victims have no idea that many attorneys, Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas included, accept cases on a contingency basis – which means the victim doesn’t have to pay a cent upfront.
The specifics of contingency fees
When a California personal injury attorney accepts a case on a contingency basis, it means that the plaintiff they work with gets the legal assistance they need but they don’t have to pay a cent until – and unless – the case is won. If you win your case, then our fees are taken out of the compensation you’ve won. If you don’t win your case, then you don’t owe us a penny.
There are many advantages to contingency cases
It’s likely easy to see that there are quite a few advantages to this type of agreement. First, it means people who have a case but can’t afford an attorney are still able to bring a lawsuit with the help of an attorney. It also means that if you find an attorney to take your case, that they have as much at stake as you do. You can count on them not to simply settle as quickly as possible if it’s not the right settlement amount, because their pay is directly related to how much the settlement is for.
Not everyone likes the contingency system
Of course, there are critics of contingency fee systems. Some people feel that contingency cases lead to more “nonsense” lawsuits. This is simply not true. Think about it like this: An attorney who’s taking a case on contingency is less likely to take a “nonsense” case than an attorney who requires payment upfront. A lawyer who gets paid no matter the outcome of the case is likely to take on any case – whether they think it has merit or not.
We believe that you are owed justice
The stark reality is that many victims of car, boating, motorcycle, or other accidents, wouldn’t be able to move forward with a lawsuit if they were required to pay the fees up front. Remember that the insurance companies that are sued in these accident cases have plenty of attorneys on their side – and they’re paid whether they win or lose.
Get a free legal evaluation today
Are you wondering if your case may qualify for a contingency fee basis? Then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas today at 909-982-0707. We are here to offer a free case evaluation. We’ll learn about your case and give you our honest opinion about your best options for moving forward.