Typically, personal injury lawyers charge their clients either an hourly fee, or what’s called a contingency fee. Our attorneys work on a contingency basis.
A contingency fee is only paid if the attorney is able to settle or win the case successfully. With an hourly fee (also known as an hourly billing rate), the client pays for the actual time the attorney works on the case, regardless of its outcome.
Contingency fees offer some big advantages: You don't have to pay your lawyer any money up front, and you don’t have to pay anything if the lawyer is unable to negotiate a settlement or win at trial.
Contingency fees are usually calculated as a percentage of the money collected from your settlement. Exact percentages vary from place to place.
When you hire an attorney and agree to pay an hourly rate, you're obligated to pay that lawyer regardless of whether you win or lose your case. Most times if your attorney thinks you have a strong case, a contingency fee of some sort can be arranged. If your attorney asks you to pay an hourly fee, it may be a sign he or she thinks you have a weak case.
Our personal injury lawyers in Kansas City are happy to answer any questions you may have about how the payment process works. Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.