You’ve probably seen advertisements where attorneys talk about how they work on contingency. This is a fairly common way for any Dallas auto accident lawyer to go about their business and it’s very popular with clients. It also means that you can sometimes call an attorney right after a wreck happens. If you’re not that familiar with how attorneys work, understanding contingencies will help you understand how this is possible.
If you hire a Dallas car wreck attorney, you’ll find that many of them will advertise that they charge no upfront fees. This is part of a contingency agreement. In reality, these lawyers only charge fees if they win the case that they’re arguing. If they lose the case, they don’t get paid at all. This may seem like a gamble, but it has some serious advantages where assuring clients of the attorney’s ethics is concerned.
In a contingency arrangement, there’s no way for the lawyer to string a client along just to get legal fees, even if the attorney knows that the client will lose. Lawyers who work on contingency are basically taking the risk that they’ll win the case and, unless they win it, you never get a bill from them. Working on your case is entirely their decision and, if it seems like a good one, a contingency agreement can be a win/win situation. The lawyer will get paid if they win the claim—and they obviously believe they will, if they take the case—and you stand to get compensation if they win, but only pay if you get the settlement or jury award. This allows a client and an attorney to work together without any suspicion of being ripped off on the client’s part. The attorney pays when they deliver, not if they don’t.
The best time to call a car accident lawyer is right after the wreck. You would do well to call one before you call your insurance company. Ideally, you’ll talk to your attorney about the wreck before you even talk to the other driver. After you know everyone’s alright, you’ll want to avoid talking to the other driver at all. It’s too easy to conflate their story with your own memories about how the wreck occurred and this makes it harder for a lawyer to put together your case for you.