It is quite often that I do consultations with Kentucky residents long after they have been involved in a car wreck. Unfortunately, sometimes people do irreparable harm to their case by the time they set foot in my office. I always ask why it took so long for them to consult an attorney, and I get a wide variety of answers. But there is one answer I receive far more often than any other:
“I didn’t think I could afford an attorney.”
This could not be farther from the truth. Personal injury attorneys represent injury victims who have been involved in a car wreck on a “contingency” basis. A contingency agreement means that for the attorney to earn any fee from your case, there must be a recovery for you. This means no out of pocket expenses for the client. The client is not required to pay a retainer for the attorney’s services. The client will never receive a bill from the attorney asking them to pay for the attorney’s time spent on the case. And if there is no recovery at the end of the case, there will be no attorney’s fee.