Attorney’s Fees & Costs
One of the biggest concerns for potential clients is the cost of hiring a lawyer. How can I pay for all of the legal fees and expenses? Especially if I’m not working because of my injuries. At Christensen & Hymas, we want to assure you that you can afford to hire us. This page explains how we work on a contingency fee agreement and can help you with the costs—both legal and medical—that you will incur as a result of an accident.
At Christensen & Hymas, we believe you deserve to be protected in this trying time, so we offer you a list of both guarantees and rights that you can expect from us when you join our law firm.
1. Free Consultation
Here at Christensen & Hymas, we understand how hard it can be to deal with the stress and financial burdens of a personal injury. For this reason, we offer a free consultation to help you know what your case is worth. Keep in mind that all of our services offered are based on a No Fee Guarantee, which means that we won’t charge you a dime unless your case is won.
2. Can’t make it? Then we will come to you.
If you cannot make it to one of our three offices (Draper, Orem, & Bountiful), then we will come to you by phone, internet, or even to your home. We also make hospital visits. Do not let any financial or physical limitations stop you from contacting us about your case.
3. Contingency Fee Agreement
Our attorney’s fees are 1/3 of the total settlement. So if your case settles for $30,000, then the attorney’s fees will be $10,000. As promised in our ‘No Fee Guarantee,’ you will not be charged for any of our services unless we win your case. If we have to file a lawsuit and your case goes all the way to an arbitration, mediation, or jury trial then our attorney’s fees will be 40%. However, less than 2% of all cases go that far. And we do this differently than other law firms. Most law firms will raise their attorney’s fees to 40% as soon as they file a lawsuit, but there is nothing stopping them from filing a lawsuit and then settling the case a few weeks later. Our fees only increase to 40% if the case goes all the way to a formal legal hearing (trial, mediation, or arbitration). So if we file a lawsuit and the case settles weeks or months later, our attorney’s fees are only 33 1/3%.
4. No Fee Guarantee
You will not be charged for any of our services unless we win your case. Other personal injury law firms will often say they have a ‘No Fee Guarantee,’ but still hold you responsible for certain costs incurred. At Christensen & Hymas, we will only charge you after we have won your case.
Occasionally your case will require expert witnesses or other expenses which we will cover, but will be in addition to the 1/3 or 40%. We promise to keep these costs to a minimum while still ensuring that we can thoroughly prove your case.
The Insurance Research Council reports that personal injury victims receive 3.5 times more in compensation when hiring an attorney than if they were to pursue the case themselves.
5. No Upfront Costs
There are many initial costs to get your case started, including gathering evidence and obtaining police reports and medical records. We will not charge you for these costs until after you have received your settlement payment. This means you can get started with us at no cost, saving you around $250 right from the beginning.
6. Help Ensure All Medical Bills are Being Paid
There are many medical costs that come from personal injuries. We will help ensure that you are able to cover all of these costs through the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or ‘No Fault’ Insurance coverage, as well as your own health insurance. If you do not have insurance, then we will try to set up a lien with your medical providers.
A lien is a formal agreement with the doctors, health insurance company, or collection agencies that you owe payments to. It states that you will pay them back once you have won your case and received your settlement. Not having to worry about the mounting medical bills will give you increased peace of mind as you recover from your injuries.
1. Right to a fair settlement
Whenever a settlement offer is made, we will explain exactly how much you will be getting paid. This means that we will show your net recovery after all medical bills, costs, and attorney’s fees are paid before we recommend whether or not you should accept the offer.
2. Right to a fair written fee agreement
Unlike other personal injury firms, when we say that we have a ‘No Fee Guarantee’ and no upfront fees, we back it up in writing.
3. Right to reasonable costs
Whenever we incur legal costs, it will be because we believe it is absolutely necessary for your case. We will not add on additional costs without a specific reason. If there is a way to win your case without additional costs, then we will do it.
4. Right to information
As you can see from our free Utah Accident book, we believe accident victims should be informed, so they can make important decision in the comfort of their homes, before speaking with an insurance adjuster. We also limit our case loads, so you get the personal attention that you need and deserve.
When you contact our office, we will answer your questions and help resolve your concerns. If you want to talk to your lawyer directly, then he will always make himself available to you. We will also update you regularly on how your case is progressing and will answer any questions you have about it. We will also ensure that everything is communicated in plain English, not in legal jargon.
For a free consultation, fill out the consultation form at the top of the page or call us at (801) 506-0800.