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How Much of an 18-Wheeler Settlement in Texas Goes to the Lawyer?

Most law firms handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis. That means the lawyer receives a payment only if their client receives a settlement or a verdict at trial. 

How much does a lawyer get from a truck accident settlement? If we recover compensation for you, the firm will keep around 33% of the settlement proceeds. If we have to file suit, Grossman Law Offices keeps 40% of the winnings. This may sound like a large percentage, but if you fail to hire a competent truck accident attorney, you will not be well-positioned to obtain a favorable result. We want to help. 

How Does a Contingency Fee Work?

In a contingency fee agreement, you pay for your attorney’s services only if the lawyer secures compensation. If you win your case, your lawyer will receive a fixed percentage. If you lose, you owe nothing. Texas Disciplinary Rule of Professional Conduct 1.4(d) allows for contingency fee arrangements in Texas. A contingency fee means exactly what it sounds like—your attorney’s fee is contingent upon the case's outcome. 

Is It Worth Hiring an Attorney?

Having a team of attorneys is the only way to approach a serious 18-wheeler accident if you expect a successful outcome. An experienced truck accident lawyer can benefit your case in several ways.

Promptly Investigates the Accident

The statute of limitations for most personal injury cases in Texas is two years. But waiting until this deadline to bring a claim isn't the best strategy. Building a strong case as soon as possible is essential.

When an 18-wheeler is in an accident, it is not uncommon for trucking company defense attorneys to race to the accident scene. The trucking company lawyers and insurers will be involved in the investigation from the start. 

Any delay in hiring an experienced truck accident attorney will reduce your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries. A competent truck accident lawyer will promptly start an investigation on your behalf and gather the proof necessary to support your case. 

Handles Upfront Costs

Building a solid case that leads to a favorable settlement takes money. An experienced truck accident firm not only litigates the case without any upfront money but will also pay the expenses necessary to pursue your case aggressively. These costs include the following:

  • Court filing fees,
  • Expert witness fees,
  • Costs for obtaining medical records,
  • Fees for police records,
  • Deposition fees,
  • Trial preparation fees, and
  • Other costs associated with the case.

These case costs are necessary to build a strong case. If we win your case, you will reimburse us out of your settlement money. If we don’t recover compensation for you, you won’t owe us anything.

Experience Fighting Insurance Companies

Insurance companies maintain an army of lawyers whose job is to prevent injured parties from recovering full compensation. Insurance company tactics seek to minimize your recovery even when liability seems clear. A skilled and experienced truck accident attorney will ensure you can go toe to toe against the insurance companies. 

Maximum Compensation

There’s little risk to you in a contingency fee case but potentially much to gain. Without an attorney, it can be difficult to prove the full extent of your losses—especially intangible losses like pain and suffering, which can often amount to more than your medical expenses. 

Your lawyer is motivated to win or settle your case for the highest amount possible. The more money the lawyer wins on your behalf, the more the attorney will receive as a fee. It’s in your best interest to contact an experienced truck accident attorney. 

Contact a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer

If you were hurt in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the Texas truck accident attorneys at Grossman Law Offices can help. We will listen to your story and explain your legal options during this challenging time.

Our award-winning attorneys are committed to excellence and have unparalleled experience. We use this experience to achieve a successful track record. Over our nearly 30-year history, we have achieved favorable results for thousands of clients. Call the Grossman Law Offices anytime for a free and confidential consultation.

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