Contingency Fee Lawyer in Maryland
If we don’t win your case, you pay nothing in attorney fees
When you’ve been badly injured in an accident, money can get tight quickly. While you should be focusing on your recovery, it’s easy to get caught up in the financial implications of your injury – especially if you’re out of work, your bills are starting to pile up, and you’re having trouble getting fair and full compensation for your damages. In situations like this, it’s easy to feel like you’re out of options, even more so if you don’t think you can’t afford an attorney for help with your claim.
At the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC, we realize you’re already under a tremendous amount of stress as a result of your injury. The last thing you need to worry about is whether you can come up with the money to pay for a lawyer, which is why we offer our clients legal representation on a contingency fee basis.
What is a contingency fee?
A contingency fee is a fee that your lawyer receives if and when the attorney makes a financial recovery in your case, either through a negotiated settlement or by way of a court verdict. In other words, a contingency fee is simply a financial arrangement between you and your lawyer where your attorney agrees to handle your case without charging you any upfront fees or billing you by the hour. Instead, the lawyer agrees to represent you in exchange for a percentage of the compensation he or she obtains on your behalf. If no recovery is made, there are no attorney fees for you to pay.
Fees vary from law firm to law firm and might be on a sliding scale depending on the circumstances of your case (e.g., your attorney has to file a lawsuit), but the industry standard is generally about one-third of your settlement or judgment, not including costs.
The advantages of a contingency fee agreement are:
- You don’t have to worry about whether you can afford an attorney.
- Your interests (recovering the compensation you deserve) are directly aligned with the lawyer.
- If you lose, you don’t have to pay for the lawyer’s time and labor or worry about paying an hourly charge.
- If you win, the attorney’s fee comes from your financial award instead of out –of –your pocket.
Statistical data has also shown that clients who at least talk to an attorney about their case receive more on average in compensation compared to those who don’t, meaning you have potentially much to gain and little to lose by seeking legal help.
Are expenses included in a contingency fee?
The costs associated with advancing your claim are typically not included in a contingency fee agreement, which means you may be responsible for those expenses. Depending on the specific details of your case, expenses may include:
- Court costs
- Filing fees
- Deposition costs
- Expert witness fees
- Copying costs
- Charges related to serving summons and subpoenas
Our law firm knows how to fight for maximum compensation
Attorney Stuart L. Plotnick has recovered millions for accident victims and is ready to stand by your side in pursuit of justice. Whether you were injured in a bad car accident or need help with another type of personal injury claim, our dedicated legal team would be honored to speak with you about your potential legal case. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our office is located in Rockville, MD and we proudly serve clients in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
“Stuart did a fantastic job with my cases. He was thorough, communicative, and gave me excellent advice. I was very pleased with the outcome and highly recommended him.” – 5-star review by J.C. on Google