The Anatomy of a Contingency Lawyer

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Contingency lawyers are legal professionals who help people recover damages from various accidents, including auto accidents and slip-and-fall cases. However, many people are unfamiliar with contingency lawyers and how they work.

That’s why we’ve created this guide to describe what contingency lawyers do and the benefits of hiring one. If you have further questions about contingency lawyers, feel free to contact us here at Seattle Personal Injury Lawyers at any time for more information.

What is a contingency lawyer?


At its most basic, a contingency lawyer is an attorney who gets paid when they win. But how exactly do contingency lawyers work? It’s easier than you might think! The three key components to understanding how contingency lawyers work are: the upfront fee, the success fee, and the litigation costs.


In order to take on your case, a contingency lawyer will need an upfront fee that covers their costs (e.g., initial legal research) as well as their time (e.g., talking with witnesses). The amount of this fee varies from firm to firm and can be quite high for some firms or low for others.

The standard fee structure


Most contingency lawyers charge between 25 and 33 percent of their client’s recovery. This is what is called a contingent fee. For example, let’s say you have been in an auto accident that was not your fault. You suffer some injuries, but can still work and earn money while you heal. Let’s say your medical bills are $10,000 and your lost wages are $8,000.

What type of cases are handled?


Some contingency lawyers handle personal injury cases, such as those resulting from car accidents or medical malpractice. However, contingency lawyers can also handle discrimination and wrongful termination cases in employment law. Some attorneys even work on social security disability claims.

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They all have one thing in common though: no case is taken on unless it carries some form of contingency fee agreement that will put money into their pockets if they win their case.

Setting up an appointment with a contingency lawyer


If you’re not happy with your legal representation and want to try to get them replaced, you will have to schedule an appointment with your lawyer. If you feel like you haven’t been getting what you pay for or aren’t comfortable speaking to them about your case, it’s time to replace your lawyer!

You should always schedule an appointment before requesting one. Setting up an appointment gives lawyers time to prepare so they can do their best work during their time with you.