Contingent Fees & Free Initial Consultation

We understand it is difficult for many people to afford an attorney. We understand that people who are not lawyers often do not know what a reasonable cost is for a personal injury attorney -- and what is not.

Contingent Fee Cases

In a “contingent fee” arrangement the lawyer takes a fee if and only if the client receives a recovery. Ackerman Law Office offers contingent fees on personal injury, automobile accident and truck accident claims, negligence claims, workers' compensation claims, medical malpractice claims, wrongful death claims, and business litigation, among others.

Charging clients a contingent fee and successfully staying in business requires aggressive representation. We do not get paid unless you do! We have to accurately assess complicated situations and be confident in our ability to win the case. Ackerman Law Office has been handling cases on a contingent fee since we started in 1989, and since then we have collected millions in settlements and trials.

Because of our reputation among our peers, attorneys often refer cases to us for contingent fee representation. We frequently share our fee with them, at no cost to our clients.

Why We are Willing to Represent Clients on a Contingent Fee Basis

It’s often easier for our clients to pay at the end, after there is a recovery. Litigation is expensive. The average person cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars in costs and fees up-front to prosecute a case. If a client cannot afford to litigate, their rights have no meaning. They cannot afford to enforce their rights. We want to make things right for victims. So we work on a contingent fee. We also front expenses of litigation to the client, which means that clients do not normally have to pay for the expenses until the case is over.

Personal Injury Claim Fees

Normally, we handle personal injury claims, automobile accident claims, slip and fall cases, construction injury cases (except work-related ones - see below) some wrongful death cases, among others, on a 1/3 – 2/3 basis. This means we take 1/3 of the recovery as payment for successfully representing the injured party and litigating the case. The remaining 2/3 is paid to the client and for the expenses resulting from the injury such as medical expenses.

Worker’s Compensation Claim Fee

On workers compensation claims we usually take 20% of the recovery as payment for successfully representing the injured party and litigating the case. This is normally 20% of what the client receives for permanent partial disability, but it can include part of a permanent total claim or a wage loss differential, among other things.

Medical Malpractice Claim Fee

On a medical malpractice claim we normally charge one third (33.3%) of the recovery as payment for successfully representing the injured party and litigating the case.

Free Initial Consultation for Injury Claims

Nobody wants to pay to find out that they do not have a case. So we have the free initial consultation for injury claims. Really, if you call us on the phone we will probably talk to you for a free initial consultation on almost anything.

At Ackerman Law Office we do the best we can for our clients. We will discuss your case with you for free, usually over the phone with very little advance notice. After we discuss the case with you, we will evaluate whether we think we can help you. The next step is to schedule an office appointment, but only with your approval.

Our Success Means Winning Cases for Our Clients

Our success with contingent fees and our confidence in our ability to take winning cases allows us to work hard for the cases we take for our clients. If you have an injury claim, contact us at 217-789-1977 and find out how we can help you get what you deserve.

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"Jim and his staff were very professional. He was exceptional about keeping me informed. He was very thorough and down to earth. He felt more like a friend than an attorney. I was very pleased." Creg
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"Great experience! I got the facts I needed to help regarding the accident I was involved in. Jim was very helpful in leading me in the right direction to proceed with her insurance company." Lori Phillips
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