Question: If I meet with an injury lawyer, do I have to hire him?
No. Typically, lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that your consultations are free till the end of the trial, and the attorney receives a portion of the settlement or judgment. It is very rare that you will have to pay for the initial consultation for a personal injury case. You are not obliged to hire an attorney after your first consultation. Your attorney should be someone you feel comfortable with, and there is nothing wrong with consulting several lawyers before you make your decision. Once you have made your decision, you will sign a retainer agreement explaining the terms of service the attorney will provide. After these terms are agreed upon and signed, you will have officially hired your attorney. You should never feel intimidated or pressured to hire an attorney. At the end of the day, do what makes you feel comfortable. We would love to consult with you if you feel you have an accident claim. Call us! (225) 767-8333.