Contingency Fee Lawyer in Vancouver, WA
Pay no attorney fees unless we recover money on your behalf
It’s important to understand the significance of seeking professional legal advice when you’ve been injured in an accident and someone else is to blame. You can never be too careful when your health and finances are on the line, yet there are many victims of negligence who don’t solicit help from a personal injury lawyer simply because they don’t think they can afford to hire one.
At The Scott Law Firm, PLLC, attorney Colin Scott doesn’t believe your financial position should have any influence on your ability to get the legal help you need. You shouldn’t have to worry about coming up with the money to pay for hourly fees, which is why we offer contingency fee representation to clients with claims involving personal injury or wrongful death.
How does a contingency fee work?
Hiring a lawyer on a contingency fee basis simply means you pay no fees for the lawyer’s time and labor unless the attorney recovers money on your behalf. If your lawyer does secure a financial recovery – either through a settlement or court judgment – your attorney receives a pre-determined percentage of the financial award as compensation for his or her services. In a literal sense, entering into a contingency fee agreement means your attorney’s fee is contingent upon the result of your case.
Contingency fee arrangements are typically unique to the law firm, but you can generally expect your attorney to receive around one-third of the financial recovery, excluding costs. Fees may also be on a sliding scale depending on the particulars of your claim, such as whether your lawyer had to file a lawsuit or prepare your case for trial.
Are costs included in a contingency fee?
Expenses associated with moving your claim forward are generally not included in a contingency fee arrangement and may include:
- Court costs
- Filing fees
- Copying costs
- Deposition fees
- Charges related to consulting with expert witnesses and specialists
- Fees to serve summons and subpoenas
What are the advantages of a contingency fee agreement?
Getting legal representation on a contingency fee basis can be a prudent way to pursue the compensation you deserve following an injury or the death of a loved one. Among the many benefits of a contingency fee agreement are:
- You won’t be denied access to the court system and your claim will be decided on its merit, not your financial resources.
- You can talk to your attorney without having to worry about paying hourly fees since the meter isn’t running.
- Your goals are aligned with the attorney’s goals because if you lose, they lose. That means you can rest assured knowing your lawyer is incentivized to get the best possible outcome in your case.
- If you win, your attorney’s compensation is taken out of the money he or she obtains for you instead of being an out-of-pocket expense.
Numerous studies carried out by insurance companies also show that those who hire an attorney receive more compensation on average compared to those who represent themselves. As such, you have little to lose and potentially much to gain when you hire a personal injury lawyer for help with your claim.
You can count on Colin Scott to fight for you
As a former deputy prosecutor for the State of Washington, attorney Colin Scott has a thorough understanding of the law and your legal rights. If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else or if someone you love died due to negligence, call our law firm right away. We offer free consultations by phone or in-person and can also come to you if you’re unable to travel to us. Contact us today at our office in Vancouver, WA. We proudly serve clients in southwest Washington and the Portland metro area.
“Colin kept everything so simple for me. He was always quick to respond and very honest, up front about payments. He made me feel like he actually cared and that it wasn’t just about making money. He is great at what he does and successful at his cases. I will definitely be coming back to him for any future motor vehicle accidents!” – 5-star review by Jenny K. on Google