What is a Contingency Fee in a Philadelphia Personal Injury Case?

Nearly all attorneys who practice personal injury law in Pennsylvania represent their clients on a contingency fee basis. Billing legal services to an accident victim on an hourly basis with payment expected within 30 days would operate to lock most accident victims out of the halls of justice. They just couldn’t afford a qualified attorney to represent them in an accident that wasn’t even their fault. Rather than billing such a case on an hourly basis, the attorney agrees to be paid only if he or she obtains a settlement or verdict for the client. The attorney’s fee is expressed as a specific percentage of any settlement or trial verdict. If the end result is for the defendant, and no settlement is entered, or no monetary award is rendered, the attorney simply doesn’t get paid any legal fees at all.

Contingency fees allow access to our legal system for anybody in the United States who has been injured due to the carelessness and negligence of somebody else. The fee arrangement opens the courthouse doors for purposes of seeking compensation for their damages. It levels the playing field in such a manner that the little guy is given the opportunity to be on equal footing with a large corporation or insurance company.

Contact a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in an accident that was the fault of somebody else, contact our Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers, and we’ll be pleased to talk with you about taking your case on a contingency fee basis. In any contingency fee arrangement, always make sure that your retainer agreement is reduced to writing. That’s for your own protection and peace of mind.