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What if I don’t have the money needed to hire an attorney?

Most attorneys who represent personal injury clients, including Brady Preston Gronlund handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that if we are able to make a recovery on your behalf, we will be paid a percentage of the recovery—often one-third, although that percentage changes after trial or appeal.

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Several years ago the rules in Iowa concerning payment by lawyers for out-of-pocket expenses in personal injury and other lawsuits changed. Before that time, the client—the injured person—was required to be responsible for paying all out-of-pocket expenses of the lawsuit, whether or not the injured person received any money when their claim was finally resolved. This law made many injured people who had worthwhile injury claims reluctant to pursue their claims since they did not want or could not afford to lose money if the court or jury rejected the claim. In 2007, this law was changed to allow the lawyer to advance all lawsuit expenses and for the lawyer, and not the client, to ultimately be responsible for those expenses if the case was lost. Since the adoption of this law, we will also advance all out-of-pocket litigation expenses needed to pursue your case such as expert witness fees, filing fees, etc. While we will recover these out of any judgment or settlement we obtain on your behalf, if we do not successfully recover any damages for you, you will not owe us a fee and will not be required to reimburse us for any expenses we have advanced. We represent many people who do not have the money to pay an attorney an hourly rate, or even to pay the out-of-pocket expenses necessary to bring a lawsuit. They are often the persons who are most devastated by an injury. We do not believe that anyone with a serious injury should go without the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney because they are unable to pay the attorney an hourly fee.

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