The long and short of it is “yes,” personal injury lawyers do pro bono work. This is free legal advice or support provided to clients who are exigent, and all types of lawyers provide pro bono services some of the time. However, it’s important to understand that personal injury pro bono services are extremely rare. That’s not because personal injury lawyers are stingy — it’s simply because of how they get paid.
Personal injury lawyers are most often retained on “contingency.” This means that they get paid when you do. If your lawyer doesn’t win the case, no one gets paid. Working pro bono on a personal injury case doesn’t make sense for most personal injury lawyers for a very logical reason: if they win the case, you can almost certainly afford to pay them the typical cut of attorneys fees. But there are exceptions.
All pro bono services are provided to help out those in dire financial need, and even if someone can technically pay for those services — it doesn’t necessarily mean the person wouldn’t be better off without the money. Those who can’t afford basic necessities like rent, groceries, or gas need every penny they can get. Other lawyers see pro bono service more as a civic “duty” — like a parent taking care of their children.
Mike Burman of Burman Law said, “I take pro bono cases because I am thankful to be an American. I am grateful for my license to practice law in Kentucky and Tennessee, but most of all, I find real satisfaction in helping people who work for a living. Sometimes people who work all day (or night) cannot access the lawyer they need, or, the budget just won’t allow for legal fees.”
We recognize Burman for his extraordinary service to the communities he represents in Kentucky in Tennessee, especially for the disabled and former veterans.
Pro bono services are often provided to the disabled, people of color, minorities, veterans, and senior citizens because all of these categories of people are more likely to have rigid finances. Personal injury happens to be one niche of law that requires helping out people who were disabled, especially in car accidents. Visit website here for more information on car accident claims.
If you cannot afford legal counsel or find pro bono services, there may be other options available to reduce the costs of attorneys fees. Legal aid is often provided for cases that revolve around family law (divorce, child custody, etc.), domestic violence, welfare, renting, or public benefits.
To search for legal aid applications for attorneys who serve your region, go to Law Help. The site’s sponsors have been especially helpful to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, but they also connect lawyers with victims of personal injury, criminal and civil cases. In addition, you can use the website to search for information on the type of lawyer you might need or request help by perusing the provided resources.