Do I Have To Pay A Personal Injury Attorney?

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No. Typically, you do not pay a personal injury or a workers’ compensation attorney out-of-pocket.  At the Carney Law Firm, we focus on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases which operate on what is called a “contingency” fee.   A “contingency fee” means that we only get paid if we get you compensation, which typically occurs through either a negotiated settlement, mediation, arbitration, or a jury trial verdict.

Why Not?

The reason for a “contingency fee” is to be able to provide legal representation to injured workers and injured people from all levels of income.  If personal injury or workers’ compensation attorneys required clients to pay attorney fees out-of-pocket, only wealthy people would be able to afford an attorney when they are hurt. Injured workers and people from all income levels deserve an attorney to fight for them and to represent them for injuries that never should have occurred. Here at the Carney Law Firm, we take pride in fighting for injured workers and people who are injured needlessly due to safety violations which occur in construction sites, motor vehicle collisions, and many other types of dangerous situations.

One of our rights as Americans is the right to hold other people, and corporations, accountable by being able to pursue them in court for violating safety laws and regulations which result in serious and fatal injuries.  Otherwise, injured workers and their families would have no recourse when he or she is needlessly injured on a construction site due to someone or some corporation violating an established safety rule.

Needless injuries occur all the time when employers flagrantly violate established safety rules and practices.  Our attorneys at the Carney Law Firm have represented numerous clients in successful pursuits of justice to hold people and corporations accountable for needlessly injuring workers, and obtaining compensation for the workers and their families for their losses.

So How Does My Attorney Get Paid?

As your attorneys for an injury that occurs due to a safety violation, we only get paid if we get you compensation through a settlement, mediation, arbitration, or trial verdict.  One of the results of the “contingency fee” system is that we are forced to only take cases that we believe we can successfully pursue in a court of law.  To pursue cases in the United States legal system, certain costs and expenses must be incurred, such as the cost of filing the complaint, taking depositions, and obtaining experts for trial.  As your attorneys, we pay these out-of-pocket costs.  If we successfully obtain compensation for you through a settlement, mediation, arbitration, or trial verdict, we are paid a percentage of that result, plus any out-of-pocket expenses required for the case to that point in time (Depending on the type of case and insurance involved, there may also be a “lien” on any final compensation).  If we lose the case at trial, we incur the out-of-pocket losses incurred (Not the client).  Personal injury and workers’ compensation cases are typically very fact dependent and legally complex.  At the Carney Law Firm, we have a 24-hour call back policy for all clients, which includes keeping you apprised of the pros and cons (and expenses) of every stage of litigation.

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