Q. Should I use a legal plan lawyer for my accident case?
A. No. While you will get a discounted legal fee, will get a much lower settlement.
Legal plans provide a lot of legal services at cut-rate prices and for some people and some legal issues, that’s good. But for personal injury and accident cases, it’s a bad idea.
What Is the Legal Plan Discount for Personal Injury Accidents?
If you’re a member of a legal plan you can get a discount rate if you have been injured in an accident.
The discount for personal injury and accidents is usually a legal fee of 25% instead of 1/3. But when you pay a discount legal fee your lawyer has an incentive to save time and settle your personal injury case cheap.
Is the Legal Plan Discount for Personal Injury a Good Deal?
Personal injury is one area of law where it’s never a good idea to use a legal plan because:
- No one ever has to pay any money up front to a personal injury lawyer.
- Legal plans use general practice law firms, not personal injury law firms.
- You’ll get a lot less money for your injury when your lawyer is looking for a quick settlement because he or she isn’t getting paid the full fee.
- Legal plan lawyers are very busy because they do volume work and they don’t have time to do a good job on your personal injury case.
Speaking to an attorney friend who owns a general practice law firm in New York working for a legal plan, prompted this article.
My friend said their law firm does all kinds of legal work and is a high-volume law firm. She described it as a law firm with $2 per hour legal plan lawyers for people looking to pay $1 per hour.
Example Showing the Possible Difference between a Legal Plan and a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you need an uncontested divorce, a legal plan can probably give you a great price but if you have been injured in an accident, it could mean the difference between settling a case for $35,000 or $750,000.
Using this example, with a legal plan, you’ll pay a legal fee of $8,750 and take home $26,250. With a personal injury lawyer who has the time to get the most amount of money for you, you’ll pay a legal fee of $250,000 and take home $500,000.
Should I use a legal plan lawyer for my accident case? We think you know the answer now.
Our legal fee is only 1/3 of what we get for you. Our legal fee is paid at the end of your case out of the money we get for you and we never charge a legal fee if we don’t get money for you. Additionally, we never nickel and dime our clients with many expenses other personal injury lawyers charge.
Then take a look at our personal injury legal fees and services.
Never call a legal plan when you’re injured in an accident. Always call a real personal injury lawyer.
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