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Our Contingency Fees

with lalande personal injury lawyers, you never pay fees upfront.

Our Contingency Fees

At our firm, we only get paid when you get paid. There are no upfront fees. Ever.

We understand that seeking legal help can be overwhelming, particularly when it comes to how much it will cost. Even if you are confident of obtaining a settlement or good verdict, you may fear that hiring a personal injury lawyer will cost you too much. The reality is this is not always the case.

Your first step – Book your Free Consultation

The first step in talking with our firm is knowing that our consultations are 100% free. You do not pay us to talk to us. Talking to us is free. Then, if we decide to work together on your case, you will never pay up front legal fees in your personal injury case. Our Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers will sit and talk to you for as long as you need about your case, your situation and your legal rights. We will answer any question you may have and ensure that you leave our office with more understanding and a better comprehension of what you compensation you may be entitled to.

What are Contingency Fees?

When you hire our reputable and experienced personal injury lawyer to help protect your future and recover your losses suffered in a car accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, these lawyers are performing highly specialized work. Typically, experienced personal injury lawyers will have years or decades of extensive legal training, trial experience and a very specialized knowledge of the law and legal system. Good personal injury lawyers are often in high demand.

Many people who are economically underprivileged cannot afford to retain the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Victims who suffer life changing personal injuries want to be and need to be compensated fairly for their losses, their lost wages, for their pain and suffering, their loss of amenities, relationships, housekeeping capacity etc. etc. The problem is most people would only be able to afford a fraction of what a reputable personal injury lawyers would charge – while at the same time, would need the same quality representation as others who can afford to pay their legal bills.

Our firm, never asks for money up front. We work on a contingency fee basis. Entering into a contingency fee agreement means that we, as your lawyers, only get paid if we are successful in obtaining a recovery for you, from another person or company. Contingency fee agreements are very common in personal injury cases. When using a personal injury law firm that works on a contingency fee basis, your lawyer agrees to be paid a percentage of the overall recovery (net of disbursements) and receive nothing if no recovery is made.  The lawyer’s payment is therefore “contingent” upon making a recovery from a defendant in the case. If we lose the case, you do not pay our legal fees. This helps clients who otherwise may not be able to afford the services of a personal injury specialist but may in fact have a case with a potential for substantial compensation to help protect their future.

We believe that operating on a contingency fee basis allows us to be committed to the ideal of equal treatment under law, while at the same time screening out frivolous lawsuits and saving the time of our Courts and legal system, which is already consistently bogged down and backed up.

What is the Most we will Charge our Clients?

  • Personal Injury Cases – As of 2022, the most that we will ever charge a client is a 30% contingency fee in a personal injury case, no matter what type of case. Our contingency fees range from 25% to 30%.
  • Long-Term Disability Cases – As of 2022, the most that we would ever charge in a long-term disability case is a 30% contingency fee. Our contingency fees range from 25% to 30%.
  • Wrongful Death Cases – As of 2022, the most that we would ever charge in a wrongful death case is a 30% contingency fee. Our contingency fees range from 25% to 30%.
  • Employment Law Cases – As of 2022, the most that we would ever charge in a employment law wrongful dismissal case case is a 25% contingency fee. Our contingency fees range from 20% to 25%.

Contingency Fee FAQ

  1. What is a contingency fee agreement?

    A contingency fee agreement is an agreement in which a client only pays legal fees if there is a recovery – i.e. the fees payable are contingent on recovery.

  2. What percentage will you charge me if I receive money at the end of my case?

    Our contingency fees in personal injury cases are 30%, our contingency fees on disability cases are 30% and our contingency fees for employment and wrongful dismissal litigation range from 20% to 25%.

  3. Who will be paying disbursements?

    We pay all of your disbursements upfront. If your case is not successful you will NOT have to repay us.

  4. Do I pay HST on legal fees?

    Unfortunately, you do. Legal fees are a service in which we must charge HST.

  5. What is a typical contingency fee?

    A typical contingency fees range anywhere from 30% to 33.3% of the client's settlement. The contingency fees are calculated differently if a case goes to trial.

  6. What is the advantage of contingency fees?

    The advantage of contingency fees is access to justice. You get to hire reputable and experiences trials lawyers without having to pay an hourly fee or a legal bill every month.

  7. Are contingency fees negotiable?

    It depends. Running a personal injury lawsuit is VERY expensive. Experienced lawyers not only work for free for many years, but they spend their own money to fund your case while paying staff and overhead. It depends on the circumstances of the personal injury case.

  8. How are contingency fees calculated?

    Contingency fees are calculated on the total settlement, net of disbursements. This means that the law firm has s first lien on disbursements since they were paid by the law firm. Then, the contingency fee is calculated on the net remainder.

  9. Does your firm use a specific contingency fee agreement?

    Yes pursuant to specific law society reforms and amendments to the solicitors act, we use standard contingency agreements where a contingency fee is used in respect to legal services provided wholly or partly in exchange for a percentage or proportion of the amount or value of the property recovered under an award or settlement.

How does the contingency fee help you?

It allows you access to the justice system.  It allows you access to the services of a personal injury specialist without having to pay a monthly retainer out-of-pocket which, would be unaffordable for most people. Comparatively, most people could pay dentists or chiropractors by the hour because the treatment is limited to the service they need on that particular day.  With a serious car accident case involving life changing injuries, the process could take several years and involve an extraordinary amount of highly specialized doctors, specialists, accountants, occupational therapists, vocational specialists etc. etc. who all need to also be paid for your time. Remember you would not only need to pay the hourly fees of an experienced lawyer, over the course of several years, but also you would be paying the costs of retaining numerous experts who are also highly specialized. The benefit of a contingency fee is that you pay nothing out of pocket until the end of your case, which “levels the playing field” for economically disadvantaged injured people.

Another obvious benefit is that our lawyers work on a percentage basis. The law firm’s income on your case is directly tied to the settlement or verdict obtained for you, which gives financial incentive to most experienced legal specialists to obtain the largest award possible for you.

Another risk is that with a contingency fee, the lawyer assumes the risk of not being paid in order to make legal services available to someone who otherwise cannot afford them. If you pay your legal fees on an hourly basis and your case is not successful, then you are out of pocket, fully. Alternatively, with a contingency fee, the lawyer assumes the risk of spending hundreds of hours on your case in exchange for an agreed percentage of the result that that lawyer can obtain. In short, the risk is not on you, but all on us.

What is the alternative to a contingency fee arrangement?

The alternative is an hourly rate. You have the option of paying our car accident lawyers an hourly rate for the work they do on your case. You would be provided with a legal account every 30 days that you would need to satisfy in full before any further legal work was continued on your case.

If you wish to discuss a contingency fee agreement with Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers, contact us today.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in an accident where negligence is to blame, our dedicated legal team would be honored to speak with you to discuss your legal rights and options – at no cost.

If we decide to work together, we will work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that our legal fees are paid from your settlement amount. If we do not win a recovery for you, you do not pay any legal fees to our firm. We know how to build strong cases that get the attention of insurance companies. Most Ontario insurers know that our Hamilton Law Firm is not interested in making quick settlement deals to help them save money. We’re only interested in a resolution that meets your family’s needs – whether that comes through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict.

Call us today no matter where you are in Ontario at 1-844-LALANDE or local in the Hamilton / Burlington / Niagara regions at 905-333-8888, chat with our live chat to set up an appointment, or fill in a contact form at your convenience.

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