How can I pay for a construction lawyer if I am injured and unable to work?

There are 3 basic fee arrangements between construction case clients and their attorneys:

  1. Contingency Fee (also called "No Recovery/No Fee" contract.) 

    The Contingency Fee arrangement is the one most often used by injured persons unable to work.  Under a contingency fee, the attorney is paid a specified percentage of the total amount of the settlement or judgment that is recovered in the lawsuit.  If the lawsuit is lost or there is no money recovered, then the lawyer receives no fee.  Contingency Fee arrangements must be in writing. 
  2. Hourly rate

    The lawyer is paid a specified amount for every hour he works on the case.  These amounts are    typically billed monthly and must be paid regardless of whether the case is won or lost. 

3.    Flat Fee

       In this arrangement, the attorney and the client negotiate a single payment to the attorney at the     
       beginning of the lawsuit.  This fee will cover all attorney fees throughout the lawsuit.  This fee, like the         hourly rate, must be paid regardless of whether the lawsuit is lost or won. 

       Our firm allows its construction site injury clients to select any one of these three
       arrangements.  Injured clients typically select the Contingency Fee arrangement. 

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