You can get an experienced attorney, regardless of your ability to pay
After a car accident or another personal injury caused by negligence, the bills start piling up right away. You have medical expenses and other costs associated with the injury. If you’re out of work, you have less income coming in. You need legal representation to deal with the insurance company, but the last thing you need is yet another bill.
Your access to justice shouldn’t be limited by your ability to pay. That’s why we represent injured people on a contingency fee basis.*
What is a contingency fee?
A contingency fee is essentially an attorney’s fee that depends on (or is contingent on) the outcome of the case. In a contingency fee agreement, the client does not pay the attorney out of pocket. We advance all costs associated with moving the case forward. If we win financial compensation, either in a negotiated settlement or at trial, our fee is a percentage of the money we recover for you, usually about one-third. If we don’t win, we don’t get a fee.
Contingency fees are different from pro bono work, which is done entirely for free with no expectation of payment. Representing injured people on a contingency fee basis gives us the resources we need to cover our expenses and continue representing more injured Mainers in need of help, while keeping access to the legal system open to everyone who has been wronged.
Virtually all personal injury firms work on a contingency fee, but the specific terms of a contingency fee agreement vary from law firm to law firm. When you meet with us in a consultation, we’ll discuss our contingency fee agreement and answer any questions you may have so that you know what you’re signing.
In short, your fight is our fight, too.
Working on a contingency fee means we are laser-focused on one thing: results. If we’re not able to get a positive result for our client, we don’t get paid, and that is as it should be. It doesn’t matter how many hours we put into a case or how clever our legal arguments sound. All that matters is that we get a positive outcome for someone who was injured or lost a loved one.
If you’ve been injured, you have recourse under Maine law, and you have a constitutional right to trial by jury. Those rights shouldn’t be dependent on your ability to pay. Contact us today to discuss your legal options with an experienced Maine personal injury attorney, at no cost.
*Attorneys are only permitted to charge contingency fees in certain areas of law, including personal injury, medical malpractice, disability, and wrongful death. At Jabar, Laliberty & Dubord, we handle all our injury and disability cases on a contingency fee. Some of our other practice areas are handled on other types of fee arrangements.