What if I can’t afford a personal injury lawyer?

If you’ve suffered a serious personal injury, chances are you are already feeling the financial sting of lost income and medical expenses. Perhaps you think that you could benefit from the services of a personal injury lawyer but don’t think that you can afford the expense. The good news is that paying a personal injury lawyer is a lot easier than you probably think it is.

Free No-Obligation Consultation

If you’ve been injured in an accident, it is strongly advised that you speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. We understand that you may have doubts about the process and whether or not you should pursue legal action. That’s why at Clarke Law, we offer initial free no obligation consultations. Even if you decide not to go forward with us but at least you can rest easy knowing that you explored the option.

Costs for Proceeding

After the initial consultation you may decide that you’d like to pursue legal action. But again, we understand that because of your injury, you may already be under significant financial strain. Because of this, Clarke Law does not require payment from you until we have obtained compensation for you. We work on a contingency fee agreement with our clients, which means that we obtain our fee from a percentage of your court award or out-of-court settlement. In other words, you pay when you win your case.

The final cost of your legal representation is based on a percentage of your total winnings (usually about 25 percent). This contract will be negotiated at the beginning of your relationship with your lawyer, so that you know exactly how much you will have to pay, based on how much you are awarded in the end.

Personal injury lawyers understand that the time following an accident can be devastating, both emotionally and financially, and we are sympathetic to that. We want to make the process of bringing a claim as straightforward as possible for you, because there are so many other challenges going on in your life. Dealing with your lawyer should not be one of those challenges.

The Cost of Not Working with a Lawyer

Many accident victims who decide to proceed with a claim without a lawyer have not truly considered what the cost of not working with a lawyer is. When you try to negotiate with insurance companies or at fault parties on your own, you are at a disadvantage.

Chances are, you do not know all of your rights or how much compensation to which you should be entitled. Without the help of an experienced professional, you could be missing out on tens of thousands of dollars, maybe more.

Not being able to afford legal fees up front should not deter you from hiring a personal injury lawyer, especially since you can enter into a contingency fee agreement. Because you are so much more likely to receive a healthy award with the help of a lawyer, it only makes sense that you shouldn’t have to pay until you have that award. As one of the preferred personal injury lawyers in Toronto, we can and will work with you until that is accomplished before we require any compensation ourselves.

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