We just watched a commercial promoting the services of the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. Their marketing slogan is We’ll fight for you for injuries ranging from dog bites to car accidents. They employ award winning super lawyer Jeffrey Billings and advertise that they win 91% of their cases.
There is no doubt that many people in the United States need help collecting Social Security disability, proving wrongful death of a family member, or proving that a drug was not properly tested before it made it to market.
A friend in Houston, TX worked in a warehouse that was improperly ventilated. He even informed the floor supervisor multiple times that it was stuffy with a pungent chemical smell. Nothing was done about it until a couple of workers got sick. No lawsuit was filed.
Before your retain the services of a personal injury lawyer, understand their fee is commonly a percentage of the monetary damages they win for you in court. I have read of cuts as low as 20% or more than half depending on the nature of the litigation. Also understand that a lawyer’s fee is very flexible and negotiable in large metropolitan areas because they know you can walk out the door and compare their rate with another lawyer’s rate in around 30 minutes!
Make sure and get the fee as a percentage of the overall winnings and in writing before sealing the deal with any lawyer or attorney. Most PI lawyers work on a contingency basis meaning that client owes nothing if legal counsel retained does not win.
Lawyers are service providers just like plumbers, electricians, and carpenters which means their fee structure is negotiable. Don’t forget this. It will help immensely if you are ever unfortunate enough to need one.