You do not need to pay us anything for a consultation with us regarding your car accident injuries or any other personal injury matter. Most people think that lawyers all require a large retainer or payment in order to even get in the door or speak with a lawyer. This is not the case. We work on what is called a “contingency” basis and are paid a percentage of the amount that you or your family receive through a settlement or award from a jury, judge or arbitrator.
The court rules and rules the govern Washington lawyers permit contingent fees. In this type of arrangement, we are only paid a fee if you receive an award. The industry standard for contingent fees in Washington is for you to pay your attorney one-third (33.33%) of the amount recovered if your case is settled before the matter is filed in court. Some types of cases that are more challenging, such as slip and fall or cases with contested liability, may warrant a higher percentage. All cases are treated on a case by case basis and your personal injury attorney can explain the specific fees for your case.
The benefit in this arrangement is that you do not need to pay expensive hourly rates or raise money to finance your case. Instead, your attorney risks her or his time and resources in the hopes that your case has a good outcome. Our attorneys almost exclusively work in this type of arrangements. We also offer free consultations and evaluations – be it by phone or in person. We do not expect to be paid for our time, even if we decide not to take on your case.
With this type of arrangement, there is no risk in contacting us to discuss your case. Don’t be afraid or think that you might incur some enormous cost to speak with a lawyer. If you’ve never had to hire a lawyer, don’t be fooled by what you’ve seen on TV or read in the paper. We don’t expect you to clear out your savings account or take out a loan to finance your legal representation. If you’ve been in an accident, contact our firm or another personal injury attorney in Washington who can help you begin figuring out how to move forward.
811 First Ave Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98104