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What If I Can't Afford a Car Accident Attorney?

A serious car accident can be devastating, leaving you emotionally and physically drained and dealing with very serious injuries. Adding the stress of medical bills and other expenses, especially at a time when you may be losing income due to missed work, can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, you may be able to pursue legal compensation for those expenses and losses. However, many accident victims worry about the cost of hiring a lawyer to help with their case and want to find a free attorney for their car accident.

The good news is that you probably have more options than you realize. Many personal injury lawyers have flexible fee structures that allow you to avoid paying unless you successfully recover compensation — and then only after you receive it. 

Additionally, the right lawyer will help you identify ways to afford other expenses, like hospital bills and medical care. Here’s how you can identify a car accident lawyer who will help you preserve some financial stability while you pursue your case.

Look for a Car Accident Lawyer Who Doesn’t Charge Unless You Receive Compensation

Most personal injury law firms understand that you may not be able to afford legal expenses unless you are awarded compensation. That’s why many attorneys work on contingency. In other words, they do not charge you unless you receive compensation, and they will not bill you until you receive it. 

Under most contingency fee agreements, your lawyer will take a percentage of your car accident settlement or award as payment. In return, you essentially get a free attorney for your car accident case until you receive compensation. If you don’t receive compensation, you don’t have to pay for their services.

This kind of fee structure is very beneficial for clients who are facing financial difficulties after an accident. It’s also a good way to vet law firms. Car accident lawyers who take cases on contingency are much less likely to accept a case they don’t feel they have a chance of resolving in the client’s favor. They’ll also be more motivated to devote their full energy and expertise to your case.

Find a Lawyer Who Offers a Free Case Consultation

A case consultation is a chance for both you and your lawyer to decide whether your case is a good fit for their firm. Because of this, most car accident law firms provide free consultations to help you decide how to proceed with your case.

A good lawyer will use this as an opportunity to discuss your situation and explore your rights and options with you — regardless of whether you seem like you have a good case.

Check Your Lawyer’s Credentials

Unfortunately, not all car accident lawyers have the best reputation. That’s why it’s very important to carefully assess your lawyer’s background before engaging them to work on your case. A good lawyer will have excellent reviews from past clients on sites like Google, Yelp, and Avvo. Be sure to read through those reviews before you sign an agreement. 

Other signs of a good lawyer are that they are quick to respond and they listen to you when discussing your case. Hiring a lawyer who meets these qualifications is a good way to ensure you don’t waste time or money.

Review Your Contingency Fee Agreement

Clients should always carefully read over any agreements with their lawyer before signing. However, if you are concerned about your financial situation, you should pay special attention to the terms and conditions. 

In particular, review not only the percentage your lawyer will take from your settlement or award but also any other fees or expenses that you will be required to pay if you receive compensation. Many law firms expect you to pay for filing fees and other administrative expenses associated with your case.

Seek Out a Lawyer Who Can Help You with Other Expenses

Transparency and dedication are great qualities to look for in a lawyer. However, the very best law firms are also empathetic toward the unique financial challenges you may face after an accident.

At FVF, for instance, our car accident attorneys not only are sensitive to clients with financial difficulties but also help them understand how to afford other expenses like hospital bills and medical fees while they wait for their case to be resolved. We can even help you identify medical providers who will serve as trusted allies in your case.

If you’re ready to learn more about your legal rights and options from a trustworthy source, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your free consultation today.

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