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Bitten by a dog? Act now to preserve your rights!

In addition to experiencing frightening attacks, dog-bite victims often are left with permanent scars. If you’ve been bitten by a dog,  you’re likely entitled to compensation for your current and future medical bills, the pain you experienced, and your mental suffering. Contact Dale Emch at 419-241-1150 immediately to protect your claim.

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Will hiring a personal injury attorney break the bank?
Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00 pm

When you hire a Toledo personal injury attorney you don’t need to pay a retainer like you would to a lawyer who bills by the hour. Personal injury attorneys accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which means the fee is based on a settlement or jury award. Most personal injury attorneys are paid 33.3 percent to 40 percent of the gross recovery. For example, if a lawyer takes a case on a 33.3 percent contingency fee arrangement, and the case settled for $100,000, the legal fees would be $33,333. The contingency fee arrangement generally benefits the client. In most circumstances, clients would not be able to afford to pay a retainer in advance to have a lawyer take the case. The lawyer takes the risk that he or she will work many hours on a case that may not yield a dime. At the same time, the client gets a lawyer to fight for fair compensation without having to pay a lot of money up front. If the case doesn’t result in a recovery, the client won’t have to pay any legal fees. So, you can see how beneficial this arrangement can be to someone who was seriously injured but doesn’t have the money to pay a lawyer who bills by the hour.

In addition to the legal fees, case expenses also will be paid from the client’s portion of the recovery. Expenses vary depending on the intricacies of the case and whether a lawsuit has to be filed. Once a lawsuit is filed, expenses shoot up. Expenses incurred can include things like costs for court-reporter fees at depositions, ordering medical records, and fees for experts. Sometimes attorneys will advance the fees for case expenses if the case is solid so the client doesn’t have to come up with the money out of pocket. In other situations, however, an attorney may require the client to pay up front for the cost of filing the lawsuit and other anticipated expenses. It varies depending the nature of the case and the attorney involved.

The bottom line here is that clients almost always do better with an attorney on their side, even after legal fees and expenses are subtracted for the recovery.

My book Don't Wreck Your Ohio Car Accident Case - 5 Tips for Handling Your Personal Injury Claim contains information that may be helpful to you if you've been in a car accident. To receive a free copy of my book, call 419-241-1150.