So, you have just gotten into a serious accident, you are taking the person who caused it to court, and you are in search of a lawyer who can represent your case, but you think you do not have a whole lot of money to pay for a really good one. You may even find yourself tempted to go with the least expensive accident lawyer that you can find. However, even if you think you are saving your money in the short term, you could still be making a serious mistake that might end up costing you even more money in the long term. The worse the accident, the more crucial it is that you get your money’s worth with a lawyer who knows exactly what they are doing. With that in mind, here are some reasons why the best accident lawyer might not be the least expensive lawyer.
1. That inexpensive lawyer might just be starting out.
You may be tempted to go with someone young and new just to give that person a boost in their fledgling career. This person might also be so grateful to get your business that they may even offer to reduce their rates even further. Do not let yourself be taken in; an act like this reeks of desperation from someone who does not know what they are doing. A competent lawyer does not need to resort to gimmicks and appeals to sentiment in order to get your business. If your accident is one that has impaired your mobility in any way, then that’s a case where you probably want to pay a little bit extra for experience, professionalism, and credentials.
2. The contingency fee may end up coming out of your settlement money.
Even if you ultimately win your case, you may end up having to pay your contingency fee out of your winnings. For this reason, you should consider a more experienced lawyer as they are more likely to be invested in helping you win your case. That’s not an automatic guarantee, though; this isn’t like playing the lottery. It’s about receiving financial compensation for something that is someone else’s fault. Think about it: a contingency fee is usually around 33 to 40 percent. If you pay for a cheap lawyer, win a small settlement, and pay the contingency fees out of that settlement, then there won’t be as much left after you have paid for everything compared to winning a larger settlement with a more expensive lawyer.
3. The more severe your injury, the more experience you need to defend you.
If your injury has affected your livelihood, then it may be tempting to think that a cheaper lawyer is a better deal. However, a more experienced lawyer will be more likely to be able to negotiate a better deal simply because they will have had so many more years of practice in this field. If your ability to make ends meet hangs in the balance, then that’s the last time you should ever leave it to chance. Look for a lawyer who has at least five to ten years of experience. Paying a little bit more of a contingency fee will be worth it if you win a bigger settlement.
4. Ultimately, you really do get what you pay for.
What are you paying for when you are paying for a lawyer? You are paying not just for their time but for their legal knowledge and expertise. It takes years for a lawyer to build up a reputation and ability to that point. You are also paying for legal certification and experience in making deals and winning cases before courts of law. It is more than just money that is at stake, though; it is also the ability to be able to prove that the accident in question was not your fault.
Now that you have gone over those reasons, hopefully they will convince you that it a lawyer with experience who knows what they are doing might be worth a little extra money upfront. This could make all the difference in the world between a ruling in your favor or a ruling in favor of the other party in the accident.