In a criminal case the public prosecutor will be responsible for trying the case and you won't be responsible for any legal fees. In a civil case many times attorneys will take a case based on a contingency agreement. That's how our nursing home abuse lawyers in Kansas City work.
A contingency fee means your lawyer will cover all the costs of your case — like the initial investigation, expert witness costs and filing fees — with the understanding that he or she will recoup the costs only in the event that you're successful in winning the case.
That means you'll pay little or no money up front. Typically your lawyer’s fee will be based on a certain percentage of the amount you win and will come directly from your settlement.
In addition, contingency fee agreements provide a motivation for the attorney to obtain the best possible settlement for their client and provide legal representation to people who otherwise might not be able to afford a lawsuit.
Contingency fees are allowed in personal injury cases, accident claims, property damage cases, and class action lawsuits. Typically the fee ranges from 30 to 45 percent of the settlement amount. Make sure to speak with your attorney in advance if you have questions about the contingency agreement. They should make any fees clear to you in writing from the beginning.
If you believe a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, 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.