Someone Injured Me But I Can’t Afford To Hire An Attorney!
Not to worry. One of the hallmarks of personal injury law is that the injury victim does not get billed an hourly rate. Rather, the legal fee is a percentage of the gross amount recovered for the client.
Nearly all Massachusetts personal injury lawyers – as well as personal injury lawyers in other states – take motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. What that means is that your attorney will take 33 1/3% (or possibly more if your case goes into suit) of any settlement or judgment amount as his/her legal fee at the conclusion of the case. If your attorney advances any costs in prosecuting your claim, it is you that is ultimately responsible for any such costs. Massachusetts workers’ compensation cases are also handled by contingency basis, and the amounts are set by law.