If you have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident or on the job, you are likely dealing with many stressful issues all at once. In addition to the pain and suffering of your injuries, you may be facing expensive medical bills, difficult insurance company issues, and possibly lost wages or lost days at work.
With so many responsibilities and burdens coming at you at once, you may think you have no resources to help you navigate your way through the challenges. However, this is not necessarily the case.
Costs and personal injury lawsuits
Many people who have suffered an injury as the result of someone else’s negligence consider filing a lawsuit against the negligent party. However, worries about the potential costs can often stop people before they begin. The media is full of articles and stories about how lawyers charge high rates and how lawsuits are cost-prohibitive. For example, in New York, an article in Forbes found that lawyers often charge the maximum amount allowed under state law for contingency fees. Stories like these can make people fearful that going to a lawyer automatically means a lawsuit is impossibly unaffordable. Many personal injury victims are already at a marked disadvantage due to their injury, which may have provoked lost wages and high medical bills.
Why a consultation makes sense
Despite urban legends and media reports that lawyers may overcharge their clients when it comes to any type of lawsuit, including personal injury claims, the truth is that many times a legal consultation is absolutely no cost and no obligation. Attorneys and law firms who view their mission as service to their clients will likely have a philosophy in which initial consultations are free of charge. It is often in a lawyer’s best interest to provide a free consultation in order for both the lawyer and potential client to determine whether they can work together.
Before you dismiss legal action because you think it would be cost-prohibitive, you may wish to inquire directly at the law firm about whether the attorney offers free initial consultations. A no-charge, no-obligation consultation can be the first step for you to regain your financial future if you have a personal injury claim.