No Up Front Costs To You!
Like most personal injury law firms, the Beard Law Firm handles almost all of its cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t pay anything up front. The law firm fronts the costs of the legal representation and only gets paid if we win your case. When your case is won, the attorney costs and attorneys fees come out of the recovery.
Attorney fees are a percentage of your recovery. Attorney costs are what the firm spends in fighting your case (see list of cost categories below). An easy way to understand it is making a comparison to when you take your car to the repair shop. When you get your car repaired you pay for parts and labor. In your legal case, the attorney fees are the labor, and the attorney costs are the parts.
In many cases, liability is clear and the main issue it is not a question of “if you will win,” but more of a question of “how big will you win?” However, sometimes liability is contested and each party claims the other side is at fault. In other cases, liability is clear but there is no available insurance coverage and the at-fault party has no assets to pay for the damages they caused.
If facts come to light that prevent you from getting a recovery, the law firm assumes that risk. This means that if you don’t get a recovery, you don’t owe us anything, even if we have spent money on attorney costs.
Costs and expenses in a personal injury case typically include:
- medical records
- police reports
- expert witness fees
- filing fees
- trial exhibits