By: Matthew Tievsky
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., like many personal injury
law firms, works on a contingency fee. What does that mean, and what are
A "contingency" is something that might happen in the future.
In our case, our fee is based on a contingency - which is winning the
case. We only charge a fee if we obtain money on your behalf (either by
settling the case or by going to trial), and the size of our fee depends
upon how much we win. If unfortunately we are not able to obtain money
for you, then there is no fee. On the other hand, we have a strong reason
to get the greatest possible recovery for you – not just because
we want to do the best possible job for you, but also because our fee
will be a percentage of whatever we win for you.
A contingency fee has several advantages. It means you don't have to
pay any money up front to hire the firm. In fact, it means you
never have to pay the attorney's fee out of your own pocket. But on top of
that, we know that the best way for the firm to get paid, is to get you,
the client, the best result possible..
Interestingly, in the U.S., contingency fees used to be prohibited as "unethical,"
on the ground that they encouraged lawsuits. In fact, we think they tend
to do the opposite – no law firm will take a case that's frivolous
because they will not receive a fee, if they lose. We certainly think
that contingency fees are good for you as the client, by making lawyers
If you have a possible personal injury case and have questions about how
you can hire Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. to help you,
you should contact one of our lawyers for a