It does not cost any money out of your pocket to file a lawsuit when you hire the Clark Law Office to pursue your case. Like almost all personal injury and car accident firms, we take cases on what is called a contingency fee contract. That means we do not get paid unless you recover or “win” your case. We pay the upfront costs to file a lawsuit and litigate the case. So, when your case is over, we get compensated based on the contingency fee contract that we signed with you. (usually 1/3 of the recovery after costs). There is no risk to you, and you don’t pay unless you win.
Insurance Companies Hate Contingency Fee Contracts
Insurance companies and the “tort reform” agenda that they propagate hate the contingency free contract. Why you might ask? Because it gives the little guy a voice and it gives him power. Insurance companies pay their lawyers by the hour. If it is a complicated case or a medical malpractice case, they may be paying their attorneys over 300 dollars an hour. This amounts to thousands and thousands of dollars. The average person does not have thousands and thousands of dollars to pay a lawyer just on the chance that they will prevail against the party that injured them. Even if someone had the money to pay an attorney before ever seeing a dime, there is no way to make sure that they wouldn’t spend more money than they would ultimately recover. This is where Personal injury lawyers come in. We take the risk that our clients cannot. Without this arrangement, no one would be able to fight the insurance companies and the negligent people and doctors that cause injuries.
Insurance Companies Want to Turn Back The Clock on Progress and Justice
Insurance companies claim that personal injury lawyers take advantage of their clients and that courts should make these types of arrangements illegal. What they are saying is they want to go back to the good old days when there were no personal injury cases. In those days, even if someone got hurt by the fault of someone else no one could pay a skilled lawyer to plead their case. Consequently, justice and most of all the little guy suffered. By the good old days that I referenced, I mean the late 1700 and early 1800’s. At that time the wealthy and powerful controlled the courts and the justice. In fact, they controlled them in some ways more unbelievable than the wealthy currently do today. However, by the mid 1800’s the contingency fee agreement was picking up steam, because it was clear that the injured and repressed simply had no way to access an attorney to receive justice. Of course, justice could be done for a price easily born by the rich. However, the rest of society was left out in the cold when it came to asserting their rights and getting their due. The average citizen only started catching up about 150 years ago. So, when you hear those ads about Plaintiff’s lawyers and their “contingency fee contracts” getting blasted on the tv, radio or news, you can darn well know who paid for it. It wasn’t the tax payers, it wasn’t the injured, and it wasn’t society’s most vulnerable. That ad came from same class of persons who want to go back to 1700’s so that they can run their insurance businesses without ever having to pay the injured victims what society deems is just and fair for their injuries and the wrongful acts of those reactionaries’ insureds. ( See Enabling the Poor to Have their Day in Court: the Sanctioning of Contingency fee Contracts, a History to 1940; and Seven Dogged Myths Concerning Contingency fees).
Furthering Civil Justice
Here at the Clark Law Office we are proud to be able to represent people against large corporations and insurance companies. We are proud that we get to fight on the side of justice rather than on the side of the mere wealth and power. Civil Justice should be afforded to everyone in a fair society. The status of your birth and the status of your bank accounts shouldn’t be the determining factor in whether or not you can access the courts. If you were injured badly by the fault of someone else, we want to help. We have represented people against wrongdoers and insurance companies for over 30 years. We can help. Call us today at 517-347-6900 for a free consultation.
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