What is a contingency fee & how does it help clients?

What is a contingency fee?

Those who have been injured in an accident, may be unable to pay out of pocket for legal assistance. Fortunately, using a contingency fee makes it possible to retain experienced and reputable attorneys to defend them without paying an expensive retainer. This is called a contingency fee agreement. Under a contingency fee agreement, the client pays no upfront fees or hourly rates for legal services. Instead the attorney agrees to accept a percentage of the resulting settlement or court award. If the client does not attain compensation, the attorney does not get paid.

Contingency fee agreements are common in personal injury lawsuits, medical malpractice claims, and other cases that could end with a lump sum payment. The standard rate is 33 percent, but may vary, especially when a suit proceeds to trial.

It’s important to understand that your attorney may or may not advance other costs of litigation including filing fees, document preparation costs, and expert witness fees.

If the case concludes successfully, an attorney who has financed the litigation recovers those costs as well as the fee. But if the case fails, you may have to reimburse the attorney for those expenses. Still a contingency fee allows you to hire an attorney to support your personal injury claim without going further into debt.

How a contingency fee could help you

When you’ve been injured in an accident, you might have a pile of medical bills and may have lost income from missed work, so you’re probably not in a position to go out of pocket for legal assistance.  Fortunately you can retain the experienced and reputable attorneys at Matt Dion and Associates without paying an expensive retainer because of a contingency fee agreement.


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Matt Dion, Reno NV Personal Injury Attorney

You Shouldn’t Feel Taken Advantage of After an Accident. With My Help, You Won’t.

After 9 years representing major insurance carriers, I switched sides and started helping injured individuals recover damages against insurance companies. I use this rare insider experience to help my clients avoid tactics insurance companies and defendants use so my clients don’t settle for a substandard offer. My goal is to give you peace of mind knowing you’re in experienced hands. I’m here to help make the process as smooth as possible so that you can get the maximum compensation, and get your life back on track.

I was referred to Matt by Brian Hansen, and he lived up to the recommendation. I reached out to Matt after an accident and met with him in his office. He was patient, compassionate and very honest. He explained the process of working with insurance companies for my vehicle repairs, helped me understand how he'd go about securing additional compensation for my accident, and was realistic about the timing and the level of effort it would take to move through the process.He's a great listener, allowing me to ask questions so I understood the process and he's just an all around great guy. He's just the right amount of aggressive. He really made me feel like I had a caring and compassionate partner during a very traumatic time.He's how lawyers should be! I can strongly recommend him if you're looking for someone who will listen, take the time to work with you, and really partner to help you get a fair settlement.
My girlfriend was hit by a car on December 10 I found Matt on google by easily just typing “ best injury lawyers in Reno” and hands down he is the best his entire team was amazing treating us like royalty and taking matters into there own hands not a single doubt with them. I especially want to give a big shout out to Melissa and Andrea they were awesome with answering all our questions and calls and random emails we might’ve made there the absolute best, god forbid I ever need an injury lawyer again I come right back! If I could put more then 5 stars there a 10 🙂
The entire team at Matt Dion & Associates are extremely nice, kind and attentive. Always provided next steps and when to expect an update! I couldn’t be happier with our outcome! Thank you very much!!
Matt Dion is a very special human being. He's a man of integrity, he does what he says he's going to do, he's never too busy to pick up your phone calls,...
I was in an auto vs. pedestrian accident. My Doctor referred me to Matt Dion. Thank goodness he did. Matt and Alisha took care of my case from start to finish. They took care of everything, and I felt like they kept me in the loop at each step of the way. My bills are paid in full, with paper work to prove it. I did not have any business calling me to collect money, they took care of everything. They answered all my questions right away, too. Thanks guys, for letting me heal without the extra added stress of any worry. I sure appreciate you!
There is not a single negative thing I can say about Matt and his team. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for legal help. I was lucky enough to have Matt represent me after I was involved in an accident while on vacation in Nevada. I am from Illinois so throughout the entire case, that is where I was located. I felt the communication from Matt and Alisha were beyond what I could have ever expected and I felt confident in them the entire time, they completely blew my expectations out of the water. I never felt as though Matt was only representing me so he could get money, I truly felt he took his time and did everything in his power to look into options to make sure I was given the absolute best outcome. Anytime I spoke with Matt he would ask how I was doing and always finished the conversation with wishing me a speedy recovery and good health - which really meant a lot to me. Overall, Matt was an amazing lawyer and person to work with. If I ever needed to again, I would gladly work with him.