When someone injures you, makes you sick or causes massive damage to your property, they may cause you financial hardship. When you aren’t able to work or have thousands of dollars in outstanding bills, you won’t feel like you are in a position to take on any more significant expenses.

Working with an attorney costs, on average, between $100 and $300 an hour, although some lawyers charge more or less for their services. The average case could take dozens of billable hours to handle. Whether you go to court or negotiate a non-litigated settlement, there could be a lot of expense for you as the plaintiff.

Those costs might stop you from pursuing a personal injury claim against a person or business with culpability for your current situation. You need to understand that upfront costs don’t have to be an issue if you have a strong personal injury case.

The contingency fee system works well for those currently struggling

Attorneys who work with those dealing with major losses and injuries know that their clients don’t have a lot of money to throw around right now.

These lawyers often don’t have the same payment structure as those who do business consulting or criminal defense. They don’t always charge by the hour or require a large payment ahead of time, known as a retainer, before they start working on a case.

They will take a case based on its strength and then claim a specific percentage of what the plaintiff secures if successful in court. In other words, you won’t have to pay anything up front.

Losing your compensation will do more harm than paying a lawyer

Whether you fail to negotiate a fair settlement with an insurance company or let someone walk away without any financial consequences after they hurt you or wreck your possessions, you would take a major financial loss by not taking action when someone causes you injury or damages your property.

Getting professional help with your personal injury claim means having someone to handle negotiations, review paperwork carefully and advocate for you at every step of the process. That support can be valuable, especially for those focused on medical recovery or serving as a caregiver to an injured loved one.