Nothing, unless you win your car accident case. A reputable car accident attorney should be willing to take your case on what lawyers call a “contingency fee basis.” This means that you pay nothing up front when you hire the car accident attorney. The lawyer only gets paid when you get paid: at the end of the case when there has been a financial recovery. The amount of the lawyer’s fee will be a percentage of the financial recovery. If for some reason there was no financial recovery, then you would not owe the car accident attorney a penny, even if he spent hours working on the case.
In almost all car accident cases, there will be a financial recovery, usually in the form of a settlement. In almost all cases, a lawsuit will need to filed and your case will have to be litigated before an insurance company is willing to pay full and fair compensation. In some cases, the car accident attorney may need to take your case to trial to get full compensation. Usually, cases only have to be tried if the insurance company is still refusing to pay full and fair compensation for your injuries even after the case has been fully litigated and set for trial.
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