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When you have suffered injuries or damages due to someone else’s reckless conduct or negligence, it should never cost you a dime to sue someone for their actions.
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January 6, 2023
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When you are struggling to deal with the financial implications of your injuries, you could work with a personal injury lawyer in Ohio on contingency. But how do contingency fees work, and what can you expect after you hire a personal injury lawyer to take on your case?

How Does a Contingency Fee Structure Work?

In many areas of the law, before you hire a lawyer to take your case, you must pay a retainer fee—the money you put down to hire a lawyer. Your attorney uses the retainer to cover the costs of pursuing your case.

However, the same cannot be said for personal injury law. When you are already dealing with the harmful ramifications of your injuries and damages, having to cover the costs of hiring an attorney may prove overwhelming.

Fortunately, many respectable personal injury lawyers understand the trauma you endured and work on contingency. Instead of requiring you to put any money down to pursue your case, your lawyer agrees to cover all the costs on your behalf.

In exchange, when your attorney wins your case, you use a portion of your injury settlement to pay your attorney’s fees. Before signing our contract, we will discuss fees, including your attorney’s percentage. If we do not win your personal injury case, you aren’t expected to cover a single penny in attorney’s fees.

Do All Cases Go to Court?

Many personal injury cases settle outside of court. Often, you could file a claim with the liable party’s insurance provider. This could provide you with enough compensation to cover your damages in full.

However, if the compensation you are awarded through an insurance settlement does not suffice, be prepared to bring your case to trial. Although taking your case to court may seem burdensome, you should act on your case to recover from your damages and avoid settling for less than you are entitled to.

How an Attorney Handles Your Case

You may be anxious to get started on your case and willing to work with an attorney on contingency. However, before you start your claim, you should understand where these attorney’s fees are going and how your personal injury lawyer will handle your case.

When you have a personal injury attorney advocating for you and your rights, you can rely on your legal representative to maximize the compensation you are awarded. Our top responsibilities include the following:

  • Communicating regularly when there are case status updates
  • Preparing, drafting, and filing all legal documents and paperwork
  • Investigating how your injuries occurred and obtaining powerful evidence to support your case
  • Establishing negligence and liability for your losses
  • Calculating the value of your special damages and general damages
  • Negotiating a reasonable settlement with the insurance company
  • Fighting for total recovery of your damages at trial

How Long Do You Have to File Your Claim?

The statute of limitations in Ohio is generally two years, according to Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10. If you don’t know how long you have to file your claim, discuss your concerns with your attorney to avoid being barred from seeking compensation.

Meet with an Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Hiring an Ohio personal injury lawyer at Kisling, Nestico & Redick doesn’t require upfront fees. You do not have to pay attorney’s fees unless we win your case.

Contact our team for a free case review to learn how contingency agreements work and your next steps in the Ohio personal injury claims process. Fill out our online contact form or call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to get started today.