Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How do Lawyers get Paid when Representing Accident Victims?

When representing accident victims, lawyers are often paid on a contingency fee basis. Under the contingency fee structure, the client pays nothing up front. Connecticut General Statute Section 52-251c allows the attorney and the client to create a contract to condition the attorney’s fee based on a percentage of the damages or the settlement amount that the client receives. That statute also provides that the attorney may be paid 33 1/3% of the client’s recovery. This percentage may decrease, depending upon the size of the recovery. 

Rule 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct requires an attorney to provide a client with a written fee agreement.  This written fee agreement typically provides that the attorney covers all costs related to bringing the case and is reimbursed by the client only upon obtaining a successful outcome. 

Contingency fees enable injured clients to secure high quality representation without having to pay attorney’s fees out of pocket. If you are a victim of an unfortunate accident, the personal injury attorneys at Brown Paindiris & Scott can assist you with understanding your legal rights and help you to achieve a favorable outcome in your case.