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How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

Contingent Fee Agreements are commonly used by personal injury lawyers. Other types of law like business law or criminal law provide a service that does not seek to gain compensation for an intended purpose. In criminal law the defendants need someone to represent their interest so they don’t go to jail. Their fees will be paid strictly out of pocket. In business law, oftentimes lawyers are paid to minimize the liability of a business or protect them from being liable in certain situations (another service).

However, in personal injury law, the lawyer is working to get their client money to recover from property damage, injuries, and pain and suffering. Usually this means that the plaintiff is in need of money to sustain and recover back to their normal lifestyle (lost wages, medical expenses, money for repairs, etc.). Therefore, the personal injury lawyer and the client make a contingent fee agreement where the plaintiff does not have to pay any money unless he or she has received compensation from a settlement or verdict.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

In most cases – nothing! There are no upfront fees when signing on with a personal injury attorney. The law firm you choose to handle your case will not be paid until you are. Contingency fees make hiring a personal injury attorney easy and affordable for any budget.

Contingent Fee Agreement Defined

This is the agreement between the lawyer and the client stating that if the client does not have to pay any lawyer fees but the lawyer gets a percentage of the winnings of the lawsuit. If the lawsuit leads to no compensation, the lawyer is left with nothing as well. Lawyer fees are contingent if the lawsuit leads to recovery and the fee is a percentage so it grows as the amount of recovery grows. This allows lawyers to represent those who are victims of negligence and cannot afford an attorney.

Developing The Client-Lawyer Relationship: Get it in Writing

The majority of dispute between a lawyer and his or her client is how much money the attorney takes from a settlement or verdict in a personal injury lawsuit. It is integral that before you officially hire an attorney, you get the contingent fee agreement in writing. This will determine how much your attorney fees are. Find out if your fees are hourly or contingent. If they are hourly, the expenses are accounted for by the amount of hours your attorney puts into the case, however when contingent, the lawyer takes out a percentage of the settlement or verdict after you are awarded your compensation.

A written agreement not only ensures that you know the compensation schedule of your attorney but non-monetary items such as:

  • The levels of communication you and your attorney will maintain such as how often he or she will contact you and by what means
  • The logistics of possible outcomes in your case: who will be arguing for you if the case goes to trial, when would you want the case to go to trial, etc.
  • Clarifying how you or the lawyer can end the lawyer-client relationship

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The McMinn Law Firm has helped injured Austinites for fifteen years, winning over 100 million dollars in settlements to date.

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Better Business Bureau (BBB) bases its ratings on information provided by the business, and on public data sources. McMinn Law Firm's A+ rating is the highest available.
In the years 2013-2014 and 2016-2019, Justin McMinn has been selected each year as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service. Jason McMinn has been selected as a Super Lawyer in 2020., a company that evaluates and recommends local service professionals, placed McMinn Law Firm on their list of 20 recommended car accident attorneys in Austin.

What Past Clients Are Saying

"Jason, Justin, and their entire support team represented me in an accident involving an 18 wheeler. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome, and maybe as importantly, the service along the way was something you would want as a client, their entire team was amazing! I can with great confidence recommend them to friends, family, and to anyone who happens to read this. Thank you McMinn Law Firm for a job well done!"

- Charles

"The McMinns were amazing. Within two days of my accident – and still barely able to move – I received a visit to my house for personal consultation (on a Saturday). All the initial feedback about my potential case turned out to be 100% accurate, and when it finally came time to settle they didn’t back off an inch. …If you’re hurt, make the call."

- Harry

"I was rear ended by a large truck. Am thankful for Justin and Jason and their team and all the hard work they put into resolving my case! I highly recommend that you contact them if you’re injured in a wreck!"

- Lori M.

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