If you spend any time thinking about the Texas legal process, you have probably realized that the law is a profession. Attorneys must charge you for their services in most cases.
It is simple enough to state that any lawyers would probably receive money for their services of advising you about an accident injury and representing your interests in negotiations, investigations and trials. Determining when and how your representatives would get paid is a bit more complicated.
Unfortunately, no answer to these questions could be both general and complete. Almost every law office works differently in the way it handles its clients' accounts, and each case is different.
This variation is partly due to the fact that the details of your case would determine how difficult it might be to argue. Additionally, the legal profession is a system of personal representation. Each lawyer has a different case history, area of experience and level of service. To make things even more complicated, attorneys also have a wide variety of options when it comes to how they might ask you to pay.
It all comes down to a contract between you and your representative. According to FindLaw, this representation agreement would usually include the exact details of when, how and how much you would pay your attorney. There are three main types of charges you might encounter:
- Payment contingent on award
- Flat fees
- Hourly rates
Depending on your case and the firm in question, an attorney might offer any combination of these types of payments. In trucking accident law, which falls under the general category of personal injury, one of the most common plans is payment on a contingency basis.
The bottom line is that, if you or someone you love were injured, you would potentially have an opportunity to hire a lawyer with little to no upfront costs. The attorney would probably offer a consultation to review the details of your case. During this meeting, you would decide together on a reasonable method of payment for representation.
Lawyers often calculate their fees and rates based on the amount of time and effort it would take to provide the level of service you require. Please do not take this as advice of any kind. It is only general information.