What happens if I can’t afford a lawyer 

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Not every accident needs a personal injury attorney. For example, if you weren’t injured, you don’t need an attorney. However, if you were injured- you definitely do.   If you’re wondering whether or not a personal injury attorney would benefit you and your claim, it may be a good idea to stop in or call for a free consultation.

How Much Does a Lawyer Cost Anyway?

Well, it depends on what kind of lawyer you’re hiring. In Utah, the hourly rates of lawyers range from $190 to over $450. How much a lawyer will cost you will depend on a lot of factors including what kind of lawyer you need, what their experience is, what their reputation is, and more. O.J. Simpson’s dream team of criminal defense attorneys cost an estimated $5 million in 1994. Accounting for inflation, that would be just over $10 million in 2022. People think lawyers are expensive—and for a good reason, too. But if you think hiring a good lawyer is expensive, have you ever tried hiring a bad one? They’re usually even more expensive due to the mistakes they make. 

Now, you may wonder, so how much is it to hire a personal injury attorney? The lawyers at Moxie Law Group take injury cases on a “contingency fee basis,” so let’s discuss what that means. 

What is Contingent Fee and how does my  Personal Injury Lawyer get paid?

As previously stated, you’re going to have legal fees even if your lawyer is working on contingency.  A contingent fee agreement does not require you to pay your lawyer up front for the cost of their services. It means their fee is contingent on some specific outcome- like getting you a settlement from the insurance company. If the Utah personal injury lawyers at Moxie Law Group don’t get you a settlement for your claim, you don’t have to pay anything, even if the firm has incurred expenses on your behalf. This is because the services are contingent on getting you a settlement. No settlement, and no fees.  The goal of a good personal injury lawyer is to make sure that the settlement from the insurance company pays for your medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage, covers their fee, and gets you money in the pocket for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced as a result of your injuries.  At Moxie Law Group, we’re committed to being honest with everyone who walks into our office. Before we resolve your claim, you’ll be informed of the offers from the insurance company, the costs associated with your case, and where every dollar from your settlement is going, including how much is going to you. Some law firms surprise you at the end of your claim, but that’s not how we do things here.

Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you’re injured, you should 

 always consult with a personal injury lawyer. You likely have other damages beyond just medical bills such as emotional distress, loss of earning potential, or loss of income, and loss of use of your vehicle, and these are all things that a personal injury attorney can help you with.  If insurance companies are denying your claim in bad faith, it’s worth hiring someone to be in your corner. Most personal injury firms give potential clients a free consultation to help them determine whether or not filing a personal injury claim would be in your best interest. At Moxie Law Group, we help clients by offering free consultations as well as working on contingency. So, if a personal injury claim would get you more compensation than the initial settlement offer, they have access to the legal representation they need, regardless of their income.

What Happens During a Consultation? 

During a consultation, you’ll tell a personal injury lawyer—or other qualified members of a legal team—about the incident and the injuries you’ve sustained. During the consultation, you may be asked to provide medical records, police reports, insurance claim numbers, or other information pertaining to the incident. If a personal injury attorney decides that they can help you get the compensation you deserve, they’ll start negotiating a fair settlement with the defendant or the entity representing the defendant. For the most part, insurance companies represent the defendant. Therefore, personal injury attorneys do a lot of negotiating with insurance companies to get their clients a fair settlement.

How Do Lawyers Get Paid?

Different types of lawyers get paid differently.  Some just charge by the hour, some require a retainer, some may charge a flat fee, and some work contingency, or some other arrangement. At Moxie Law Group, our attorneys work on contingency. This helps ensure that anyone who’s been injured in an accident has access to the legal advice they need in order to make informed decisions about their case. When attorneys work on contingency, it means that the client doesn’t pay the attorney anything upfront. Instead, the client’s legal fees are paid by a pre-negotiated percentage of the settlement check. If the client goes all the way to trial and loses, they don’t have to pay anything. This way, everyone who needs legal representation in order to win fair compensation for their injuries has access to it.

When You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

At Moxie Law Group, we’re committed to providing our clients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their personal injury claims. We’re not just in it to make money. Instead, we want to act in our client’s best interest 100% of the time. Sometimes that really does mean advising that the injured party accept the insurance company’s initial offer during the free consultation.  If you have been injured, and you’d like an opinion on your claim that you can trust, contact Moxie Law Group today.

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