One of the very first questions you should ask a lawyer for a catastrophic injury or wrongful death case is ‘how will I pay for this?’ If your lawyer can’t give you a clear answer, get up and walk out.
At the Segal Law Firm, we use what’s called a ‘contingency fee contract.’ It’s a written document that tells our clients we only get paid if we win them money, whether by settlement or verdict. That’s how we get paid our attorney fee.
We are also allowed to advance all court costs; that includes the money it costs to file the lawsuit to and send the client to expert doctors. It includes deposition fees, expert witnesses, and costs for gathering life care plan information. All of these things are extremely expensive and your average person wouldn’t be able to afford them on their own.
Essentially, this evens the playing field. I think many folks are afraid they won’t be able to afford to fight the big coal companies or the insurance companies. But that’s where we come in. We can upfront those costs for you. And we only get paid back for those expenses if we win your case.
These are the questions to ask:
-How will case costs be paid?
-Whose money will be used to pay them?
-Can I get a document in writing that says I won’t owe you anything, including those costs, if the case is lost?
If you don’t get a clear explanation, it’s not the right law firm for you. Don’t be afraid to call us and get our answers. The call and our advice are free. We can be reached at 855-344-9100.