If you have been injured in an accident, it is a great idea to consult an attorney as soon as possible. Aside from the pain of the injuries themselves, not knowing what to do next is the second biggest contributor to stress and anxiety.
Many people who are in bad financial shape just assume that they can’t afford a lawyer and never pursue their case. But even someone with no money at all can fight for a settlement and get the money that they deserve.
There are many different ways in which law offices bill their clients. Being short on funds does not mean that you can’t have an experienced attorney fight for a high-paying settlement on your behalf. Paying for a personal injury lawyer is easier than you think.
A contingency fee is what personal injury law firms in Texas use to pay their fees. A contingency fee means that the lawyer is paid using money out of the settlement of your claim.
If your attorney wins you a settlement, they will take their fee out of that settlement. The percentage is usually between 333-45% of the winnings. It’s usually closer to 40% if the lawyer has to take litigate your case.
If you should lose your case, you don’t pay for the attorney’s fees. That’s why it’s a good idea to go ahead and consult an attorney regardless of your current financial situation. If you don’t get paid, they don’t get paid.
Can I Get the Other Party to Pay My Attorney Fees?
The short answer is no. In the American legal system, all parties are expected to pay their own legal fees.
However, sometimes there are exceptions. Sometimes the rule can be modified by contract between the two parties. It is called a “fee-shifting” contract.
Regardless of whether you win or lose, you still be liable for the expenses incurred for investigating your case. Travel expenses, court fees, expert witnesses, court filing costs, and other incidentals are all a part of the cost of gathering evidence and investigating.
If you were able to gather the evidence yourself, there is a chance that the attorney might be willing to lower the price.
What Types of Damages Can I Pursue After Being Injured?
Damages in a personal injury case are usually split into two different categories: compensatory and punitive.
This is money awarded to a claimant to reimburse for injury, medical treatment, medical bills, property damage or loss, and more. It is meant to cover any and all expenses incurred as a result of a personal injury.
Punitive Damages are damages that can be awarded on top of compensatory damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for gross negligence and generally irresponsible behavior.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in Texas?
In the state of Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years from the time of the accident. This is why it is so important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Of course, your first priority should be to seek medical treatment, but, after you’ve been treated for your emergency injuries, it’s important to talk with a lawyer.
The longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will be destroyed or that witnesses will change their stories.
Contact Pastrana & García
Pastrana & García have been winning settlements for the people of Central Texas for almost 30 years. Our track record speaks for itself.
We operate using a contingency fee payment structure. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury and are ready to take the next steps toward getting the compensation you deserve, contact us for your free consultation.