We understand this question. Everyone is trying to net the most they can from their settlement or award. The short answer is that it is the only way that an attorney can get paid usually is by the contingency method. Many people of means with money cannot afford to pay for an attorney to represent them on an hourly basis. If this contingency method were not allowed, then it would very well close the doors to the members of society that are not rich.
Now, that said, in some less common instances, you may not have to pay. First, this article is not about situations where you hire us to sue an insurance company that didn’t pay what they were contractually required to under the insurance contract. In those cases, if you win, the law itself provides that the Defendant insurance company has to pay your lawyer. This is about when someone hurts you and you hire us as your personal injury lawyer to recover money for your pain, suffering, etc. and we file a lawsuit.
Now, in a case against someone who hurt you, we charge a contingency fee as set forth in our contract which we can send to you if you call. In your case, we can issue a “proposal for settlement”. This means that we make an official propsoal to the Defendant. Statute 768.79 provides that if you make a formal proposal to settle a case to a Defendant that is lawful, and you proceed to trial and recover 25% more than the amount that you proposed to settle for, then the Defendant would be responsible for your attorney’s fees and costs.