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Do You Have to Pay a Lawyer if You Lose?

We only get paid if we win

After a bad Ohio accident, you may be reluctant to contact a lawyer simply because you don’t think you can afford to pay out-of-pocket legal fees. The truth is it usually doesn’t cost you any upfront money to hire a personal injury attorney for legal representation. That’s because personal injury lawyers – including the attorneys at Gervelis Law Firm – predominately represent clients on a contingency fee basis.

What is a contingency fee?

Contingency fees are the fees your lawyer receives if the attorney obtains a financial award on your behalf, either a negotiated settlement or a favorable court verdict.

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    Essentially, the attorney offers legal representation to you at no upfront cost, and any fees you pay are deducted as a percentage of the compensation you’re awarded. That means what you pay in legal fees isn’t out of pocket; it is 100 percent contingent upon the outcome of your case. To say it another way, you don’t pay us anything unless you win.

    A contingency fee agreement works to your benefit because it allows you to get the legal help you need without paying any upfront or hourly costs. You can also rest assured that everything will be done to get the best possible outcome in your case since losing your case means your attorney does not receive any fees.

    What do attorney fees include?

    There is a significant amount of work and resources needed to build and litigate a successful personal injury claim. Any fees your attorney receives may be associated with:

    • Investigating the circumstances of your injury.
    • Hiring accident reconstruction specialists and consulting with other experts.
    • Securing eyewitness testimony.
    • Obtaining important documents.
    • The lawyer’s time and labor.

    What are accident ‘damages’?

    When our legal team is negotiating a settlement or fighting for a successful court verdict, our goal is to obtain maximum compensation. While your compensable expenses may include your medical bills, lost wages, and other economic damages, we also fight for any applicable non-economic damages, such as your pain and suffering or punitive damages (intended to make an example out of a defendant for particularly outrageous acts of negligence).

    We operate this way because we realize how devastating a serious injury can be from a physical, emotional, and financial standpoint – and we don’t think you should have to pay the price for someone else’s recklessness.

    Contact us today to get started on your claim.

    An injury linked to someone else’s negligence has the potential to be a life-altering event, and the process of recovering fair and full compensation for your damages can be tremendously challenging. We understand where you’re coming from, and we’re here to help. If you’ve been injured or a loved one died due to the negligent actions of another, contact us to learn your legal rights and options. Our law firm proudly serves clients in Toledo, Youngstown, Akron, and Columbus, Ohio.