Why Do Lawyers Take on Cases They Can't Win? The Truth Behind Contingency Fees

As a personal injury attorney, I have often been asked why I take on cases that may seem difficult or even impossible to win. The answer is simple: contingency fees. This billing method, used by most personal injury attorneys, allows clients to seek justice and compensation without worrying about financial limitations or risks. According to the United States Bar Association, a contingency fee agreement is entered into at the start of the case between the lawyer and the client. This agreement outlines the services that will be provided and states that payment will be a percentage of the agreement or award received.

In other words, the lawyer's pay is “subject to an agreement or award”.However, as lawyers, we owe our clients our independent judgment. This means that if we are unable to provide this judgment, we may refuse to accept the case. We want to ensure that our clients receive the justice and compensation they are entitled to, and we will only take on a case if we believe we can win it. At our firm, we offer free consultations and case evaluations. Our dedicated legal team is motivated by pure determination and experience to help our clients recover maximum compensation.

However, we are also selective when it comes to taking on cases. We consider not only our reputation but also how we will appear to other clients. Contrary to popular belief, attorneys are not obligated to take on every legal case that comes their way. We have to be selective for several reasons, including our billing method and protecting our time and resources for the clients we can truly help. If a case cannot be won, no lawyer will want to waste their time or the court's time by taking legal action. However, if you have suffered loss or damage due to someone else's actions, an attorney who specializes in contingency fees can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contingency fee agreements are becoming increasingly common for certain civil legal matters.

This payment structure not only provides greater access to legal representation for clients but also motivates attorneys to work harder on their cases. After all, our pay is directly tied to the outcome of the case. During the initial evaluation of a case, we not only assess whether we believe we can win, but also whether the case is strong enough to continue. If a case has been repeatedly rejected by other attorneys, we may also decide not to take it on. We want to ensure that our time and resources are used effectively for our clients. Ultimately, contingency fees help to balance the interests of workers seeking justice with the defense of employers.

They also provide potential benefits for both attorneys and clients when applied properly to the right cases. Under this payment structure, attorneys only charge their fees if the case results in monetary compensation for the client.

Ernest Carsten
Ernest Carsten

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