After being involved in a truck accident, one of your primary concerns may be the costs. Not only do you have excessive medical expenses and outstanding debts, but if you are unable to earn a living, you may find it difficult to cover your monthly household expenses and face financial ruin.
Fortunately, with help from a Memphis truck accident attorney at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, you can demand total compensation from the individual or entity responsible for causing your injuries. Many truck accident victims have concerns that they will not be able to afford the costs of hiring a personal injury lawyer to take on their case. However, Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC’s contingency agreements make it possible for nearly anyone to get the legal help they need when they need it most.
Work with a Truck Accident Lawyer on Contingency
Generally speaking, when you work with a team member from the law firm, you can expect they will work on contingency. This fee arrangement can reduce or completely remove out-of-pocket expenses as you pursue compensation.
Contingency fees are based on the amount you receive in your settlement. Before you sign anything, you and your personal injury attorney will agree to a certain percentage of your settlement to be paid for your attorney’s work. That prevents you from paying out of pocket for your expenses and basing the payment your attorney receives on the value of your claim.
This fee arrangement can make a big difference for you and your case because you will not have to pay out of your own pocket for your recovery. You can instead give your lawyer the compensation they are due from the money you receive and use those funds to support yourself during your injury recovery.
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Factors Impacting Attorney’s Fees
While the actual exact cost of your attorney’s fees will depend on the contingency you agree to. Certain factors can affect your case, leading to changes in the cost of your attorney’s fees.
While we do our best to keep your fees as simple as possible, certain factors can cause serious increases in the difficulty level and the time spent on your case. Because of this, if any of the following factors play a part in your claim, your fees may be impacted.
Availability of Evidence
In some cases, evidence may be freely available, and we may have plenty of proof that you were not responsible for the truck accident. Because truck accidents can be so volatile and violent, significant evidence may be left of the scene to show who was at fault. Likewise, police reports and other evidence can be used in your favor.
However, because truck accidents can be so violent, little evidence may be left. For example, if the truck catches fire because it is carrying hazardous cargo, the fire may destroy much of the evidence from the accident scene. Likewise, the police report may not be clear on who is at fault, which can be less helpful.
The less evidence available for your case, the more difficult it will be to settle your case. Because of this, your attorneys may have to work harder, which can impact your fees.
Shared Fault Allegations
You may have been accused of sharing fault with the at-fault party in some cases. For example, the truck driver may have been driving drowsy and fell asleep behind the wheel, causing the accident. However, the at-fault party may claim you were texting and driving. While you may not have been the cause of the accident in this example, the at-fault party may claim you contributed to the accident.
Accusations of shared fault add a layer of difficulty to a truck accident claim. Rather than focusing only on getting you the compensation you were due, your lawyer will need to fight back against these claims of sugar faults to protect the value of your claim, as it may be reduced proportionately under Tennessee Code §29-11-101.
Insurance Coverage and Limits
When facing a truck accident claim, the insurance company can greatly impact your case. In truck accident cases, you are typically not finding a claim against the driver but against their company. In many cases, that means the insurer for the company will be the one financially liable for your case.
Because this claim would be filed against a company or corporation, the insurance coverage and limits should be much higher than your average driver’s insurance. However, truck accidents are also extremely expensive, and that can impact your claim. Talk to your truck accident lawyer about how your case might be affected as you pursue compensation.
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Our Attorneys Make a Difference
While knowing that certain details and factors of your claim can impact the payment to your attorneys, you can rest easy knowing that our attorneys will do everything in our power to maximize the compensation you receive. We want to see our clients succeed, not for a higher contingency fee, but because we are here to help you overcome the injuries you have suffered because someone was careless.
When you choose to work with an attorney, you can expect the guidance you need to gather evidence, identify your damages, and represent you in the courtroom. Our team is ready to help you succeed.
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When your truck accident injuries have taken over your life, figuring out how you are going to afford to hire an attorney should be the furthest thing from your mind. We never charge fees for our services unless or until we win your case. Our contingency agreements are victim-friendly and make it possible for you to recover the compensation you are entitled to without putting your own money at risk.
Learn more about the details of your contingency agreement and what is next for your truck accident claim when you contact an established truck accident lawyer at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC today. Complete our convenient contact form or call our office to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation as soon as today.