Being hurt in an accident is hard enough. But then the medical costs start to add up, the insurance company pressures you, and you have trouble paying your bills. You start to realize that you should probably talk to a lawyer about this. However, you’re worried about how much it will cost. You wonder whether you have to pay to speak to a North Carolina personal injury attorney.
The quick answer to the question in most cases is an unequivocal “no.” You might be surprised to learn that it won’t cost you a thing to talk to a lawyer who can help you recover compensation for your injuries. At the North Carolina personal injury law firm of Tatum & Atkinson, not only is talking to us always free but when you call you speak directly with one of the founding partners of the firm—one of the many things that makes our firm standout.
Fortunately, most PI attorneys offer free consultations. This gives you an opportunity to get a snapshot of how the attorney could help you and to get a chance to see if the attorney is the right fit for you before you commit to a hiring decision.
Personal injury lawyers provide free initial consultations because it’s a goodwill gesture and an important way to create business for their practice.
Many lawyers will meet with you or speak with you in the most convenient way for you, whether it’s meeting you while you’re in the hospital or connecting via Zoom.
You should view the consultation as an interview or audition to help you decide whether or not you want this particular lawyer to represent you. From their perspective, you will give them details about the accident, and they can ask you questions about the case to help determine whether you have a valid claim for compensation.
Most personal injury lawyers represent their clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that the attorney and the client make an agreement that the attorney’s fee will come out of a percentage of the amount of the money that the attorney obtains on behalf of the client. In this arrangement, the attorney doesn’t receive any payment for their services upfront or even as the case proceeds, rather, the attorney only gets paid if they succeed with the client’s case. If they can do that and the attorney leads to the client being paid, then and only then, the attorney gets a share of the winnings.
At the very beginning of the representation, the attorney and client agree to the terms of a contingency fee representation as way of paying the law firm for their services. Typically, both agree to a sliding scale percentage based on the amount the lawyer may recover and the amount of time/effort of the lawyer; there is also agreement about the present costs of the case, including fees for court filing and for expert witnesses. Either the attorney will cover the costs or split them with the client. Either way, this is all in writing as part of the agreement and while you might not know the ultimate fee, you should know how it works and the percentage. Contingency fee arrangements are win-win for everyone: the more the lawyer gets you, the more they also get.
An experienced PI attorney can advocate for you and help you in ways that are difficult to manage on your own. You want to get the best compensation possible for your injury. Don’t let financial concerns prevent you from having an initial consultation with an attorney. At Tatum & Atkinson we pride ourselves on our commitment to customer service as well as transparent pricing. You never pay to talk to us and you also pay nothing upfront to hire us. We are always here for our clients throughout the case and after—get in touch with us now to set up your totally free consultation.