Legal Help for Your ICBC Injury Claim - Can you afford it?
Worried about whether you'll be able to afford a lawyer to help you with your ICBC injury claim?
In British Columbia, if you've been injured in a car accident and your accident was either fully or partially the other drivers fault, you don't need to worry.
"How can that be?"
" I thought hiring a lawyer was expensive!"
In British Columbia we have what's called the "contingency fee agreement" - this allows you to hire a lawyer on a percentage basis.
Here's how it works.
The way a lawyer gets paid for their "efforts" is called their "fee".
There are two ways that a lawyer can get compensated for their efforts - on an hourly basis or on a percentage of recovery basis.
The key advantage of the percentage of recovery method is that the client doesn't need to pay their lawyer anything towards their fees until their case is finalized ( i.e. your case is settled or there's a trial judgement).
A lawyers "expenses" are called their "disbursements".
Some lawyers who operate on a percentage basis don't require their clients to pay anything towards their expenses until the client's case is finalized ( i.e until there's money to pay).
Other lawyers require what's called a retainer. This means that the client needs to come up with some money towards their lawyers expenses prior to their case being finalized.
There's alot to wrap your head around here.
But the bottomline is simple.
In British Columbia, if you've been hurt in a car accident that wasn't your fault, affordability isn't an issue when it comes to hiring a lawyer.
Want to talk more about the in's and out's of hiring a lawyer on a percentage basis.
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