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What is a Contingency Fee Agreement?

discussing things at a tableSchmidt Kramer takes personal injury cases on contingency, so there are no fees unless we obtain compensation for your case. The initial consultation to determine if you may have a case is free. No fees are charged while we investigate and build your case.  

If we are successful and negotiate a settlement or the jury awards compensation, a percentage of your award will be used to cover our costs. The percentage is agreed upon before we take your case and it may vary, depending on the type of case.

We do not get paid for representing you unless you receive compensation for damages. There is no risk in hiring one of our attorneys if you have valid case.

How do Contingency Fees Benefit Me?

The no upfront fee arrangement gives more people access to the legal process. You do not need tens of thousands of dollars in your bank account to hire a lawyer to help you seek compensation.

Hiring a lawyer on contingency also helps to level the playing field when the at-fault party is a large corporation with significant financial resources.

If you have a case, our lawyers are prepared to help you, no matter your financial situation.

What We Discuss in a Free Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is the first chance for a lawyer to review your potential claim. You can also learn more about the fees we charge, how we may be able to help and the benefits of working with a lawyer.

At the end of this meeting, you are free to walk away. If you decide to hire our firm, our fees will be laid out in a contract. Both you and your attorney must sign the contract before your lawyer can begin working on your case.

Once we sign on to a case, it becomes our job to pursue maximum compensation.

What Happens When the Case Concludes?

If we are successful, either by negotiating an insurance settlement or through a jury award of compensation, we will provide you with a document detailing the settlement and our fees. This document will also note any outstanding medical bills or debts with your health insurer. We can help you handle these debts with the compensation from your award.

Once you and your lawyer sign the contract, compensation is paid out – victims receive compensation after lawyer fees and other costs are paid.

How are Upfront Fees Different?

Law firms that charge up front often require clients to pay a retainer, or “earnest money,” or a deposit on your legal fees. Clients are paying their attorney out of pocket to represent them - the costs are not advanced until the end of the legal process. There is a fixed fee per hour and sometimes flat fees for each specific legal filing or service.

Need an Attorney? Call Schmidt Kramer

We know injury victims often have many questions, including questions about the fees we charge. Give us a call to schedule an initial consultation so we can answer all your questions.

You can call us toll-free at (717) 888-8888. You also have the option of going to our website and doing a live chat or completing a Free Case Consultation form to have a representative contact you.

Over more than 30 years, Schmidt Kramer has built a reputation of providing Pennsylvania injury victims with personalized and professional representation. We also have proven results – more than $100 million recovered for our clients.

Harrisburg Personal Injury Lawyers. Phone: (717) 888-8888.