Do I need an Injury Lawyer?
The answer must be almost always yes. Law, whether we like it or not, is a complicated system of sometimes contradictory rules which must be navigated to preserve clients rights.
On the other hand, there are situations where the lawyers job is going to be simple so the better question is how much should your lawyer charge?
I was recently told about a serious car accident victim who hired a big advertiser to handle his case where the hospital bills exceed the insurance coverage by a substantial sum. The poor man who is still in the hospital has no idea how his bills are going to be paid and if he will return back to work. The hospital has a lien on any recovery and deserves to get paid. The insurance company already has asked to pay its limit.
The lawyers he hired can be helpful in exploring all of his options. But, quite frankly, they probably should not charge the full 1/3 of the settlement, at least not on this part of the case.
Ultimately, the relationship you build with your lawyer will make the difference in your case. Most of the time, personal injury attorneys receive less in fees on a percentage basis than if they charged by the hour. But in a case where their is little the lawyer can do other than charge a fee it is up to the lawyer to decide what is more important. His long term relationship with the client and his short term need to make his monthly quota.