How much does it cost to hire a car accident lawyer?
If you hire us: nothing out of pocket, ever. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we don't win your case, you don't owe us anything. The costs of the investigation, court filings, and relevant expert witnesses, if we don't we win, we pay those bills, not you.
Why are our fees structured this way? Because, with all the medical and auto bills mounting up, car accident victims are in no position to needlessly spend money. Often, car wreck victims are unable to work and so even the normal, day-to-day bills that they could handle before are getting behind. Far too many car wreck victims have to deplete their savings entirely just to make ends meet and many have to go to outside sources like their families for help. Victims often have friends or family members telling them that they don't need some lawyer to help with their claims, especially in "simple" auto wreck cases, and that they should just settle with the insurance company. In addition, lawyers are sometimes portrayed on TV and in movies as making enormous amounts of money, while doing little to help their clients.
Of course, even "simple" car accidents have unexpected complications, such as an insurance company disputing liability, claiming the accident is your fault, or wildly undervaluing your claim. In our experience, insurance companies are much better at collecting premiums than they are at fairly valuing accident claims. All of this guides our approach to how our clients pay us.
Questions answered on this page:
- Are the really no up-front charges when you hire Grossman Law Offices?
- Why doesn't Grossman Law Offices charge up-front fees for its services?
- How does a contingency fee system work?
- Why won't Grossman Law Offices take just any case?
The Grossman Law Offices approach.
First, the car wreck attorneys at Grossman Law Offices will never take a case if you don't need representation. Some cases are simple enough that you won't need one of our lawyer's help. Our attorneys provide free initial consultations, and sometimes we discover there are easier ways to deal with your case than through litigation. We can never take a case that has no business having a lawyer involved, or one where we know there is no chance of success. It is not in your or our interests to take cases that don't need a lawyer.
Second, we will never require any fees or expenses unless you win. Traditionally, lawyers charge a large retainer fee and then bill the client by the hour regardless of how the case ends. This can easily create a "disconnect" between the client's interests and the firm's. We think this is no way for lawyers to treat their injured client. You have enough to worry about after your accident just your family's finances in order. The last thing you need to come out of pocket for a lawyer. If you retain our firm, you and your family will never have to come out of pocket for any of the costs of preparing or taking your case to trial. If we are successful in securing your claim, we only take our fees out of the money we recover for you. We work to get you paid, not simply to work and get us paid.
Third, the attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have been successful for over two decades because they provide skilled and effective legal services that secure awards for victims and their families many times over and above what victims can get for themselves alone versus the insurance companies. Insurance companies bank on your trying to make quick work of the process and deal with them in what may seem a one-on-one interaction. But remember, insurance companies are billion-dollar entities with attorneys, adjusters, and experts working hard to settle with you for the least amount possible. In order to level the playing field, you need an attorney who knows the ends and outs not only of the law, but how to deal with insurance companies and their lawyers.
Lastly, you may be wondering how do we stay in business, without collecting retainers and charging hourly? The answer is called a contingency fee. What a contingency fee system means that when you hire us, we become partners in the case. You have your injury claim and we have the legal expertise to maximize that claim. Upon the successful conclusion of your case, we receive and a certain percentage of the winnings. This means that the more we can recover on your behalf, the better it is for everyone.
This may raise concerns that we might try to pressure you to settle, so that we can get paid. Our contract is very clear that while we will handle the legal leg-work in any case, all of the big decisions, like when to settle rest with you. Grossman Law Offices can never accept a settlement offer against your will. Putting the client first isn't just a cliche at Grossman Law Offices, it guides everything we do.
We don't hide behind confusing contracts, unlike most law firms whose contracts with clients run 8-10 pages. Ours is a simple one page document. To make sure that things are absolutely clear with our clients, we highlight that on that one page, you will always be in charge of your case, because you have the right to fire us (we don't think you will) if you are unsatisfied with our work. We believe, as do many of our past clients, that this way of doing business, not just for us, but most importantly for our clients.
Our contract also clearly spells out that our fee for most car accidents is 33% of the winnings. That is why if we lose your case, you pay nothing, because 33% of zero, is zero. This is pretty standard within the industry. For that percentage, you get a staff of experienced car accident attorneys, our network of accident experts, and the investigative resources of our law firm. On top of that, since we have handled thousands of car accident cases (literally), many insurance companies are well aware of who we are and know that we mean business. One last measure to ensure our accountability is that each of our clients is given our attorneys cell phone number and encouraged to call anytime they have a question about their case.
Why Grossman Law Offices is the right firm to represent you
Our attorneys pride themselves on the personal attention they give their clients' cases and in being there to answer their clients' questions about the process. No matter how hurt you or your loved one might be, there is hope. Grossman Law Offices clients are never just "a number." Getting effective legal representation is generally a wise financial move for victims of car accidents and their families.
Is an insurance company trying to play hardball with your injury claim? The car accident attorneys at Grossman Law Offices can help you decide whether legal actions is right for your case. Call us at (855) 326-0000.
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