A contingency fee means that your lawyer doesn’t receive any compensation unless they successfully win your litigation or a settlement is approved. You never owe us more than you are compensated in a lawsuit. If we win the case our fees are paid through your settlement, and if we lose you don’t owe Laird Hammons Laird a penny. Our payment is contingent on your case being victorious. All personal injury suits through Laird Hammons Laird are conducted through a contingency fee agreement.
What this all boils down to is that we are dedicated to fight for you in the most challenging and difficult time of your life. Our mission is to ensure you are taken care of, first and foremost. A contingency fee agreement ensures that nothing will distract us from working as hard as we can for you during the entire litigation process.
Example of a Contingency Fee:
Another way to think of a contingency fee is like this: You order your favorite dish at a restaurant and when your food comes out, it is a completely different entree. Would the establishment expect you to pay for your meal if it didn’t match their menu? Of course not! That’s similar to the way a contingency fee agreement works at Laird Hammons Laird. You aren’t required to pay a penny if we don’t deliver on the promise of assisting you to victory in your case.This puts our goals as a law firm completely into focus for us and for our clients. A contingency fee agreement binds our team and our clients together, and we share a singular focus of achieving a successful litigation or settlement. Nothing will distract us from that goal.
Have you experienced any personal injury from a car accident, medical malpractice, or other abuse? Contact us for free legal consultation today, or call 405-703-4567.
Oklahoma City attorney Chris Hammons, a former University of Oklahoma football team captain, is one of 20 castaways competing for $1 million on Season 33 of Survivor. This season, “Millennials vs Gen X” will premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 on CBS.
Hammons is a personal injury attorney and partner at Laird Hammons Laird. Being on the show wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision; it had been a dream of Hammons’ ever since watching Season 1. He applied to be on the show many times before he was selected.
“There isn’t a game on the planet harder than Survivor,” Hammons said. “It makes it all the more exciting to set out and try to win the hardest game that exists in the world.”
Hammons is a trial attorney focused on personal injury litigation and fighting for the underdogs. He is known by his coworkers to be determined, persistent, and hardworking. He’s also known as a fierce competitor.
“He’s a pretty sly guy. He could easily walk you off a cliff smiling and patting you on the back,” said Jonathan R. Ortwein, a personal injury attorney who works at Laird Hammons Laird. “Chris is very relatable and fun to be around, but he’s always unnoticeably moving two to three steps ahead of everybody.”
Hammons began his prep for Survivor before he found out he was selected, in the hopes that he would get the call. Hammons’ Survivor prep consisted of physical and mental training. He studied past seasons. He also started lifting heavier weights, and he put on a few pounds to be in the best shape possible when entering the game.
Hammons is 6-foot-4. His fitness-oriented mentality hasn’t left him since his youth, and he believes that staying in shape physically also helps him mentally. He wakes up early every morning to work out before coming home to help his two boys get ready for school.
Coming from modest means, Hammons worked hard to get to where he is today. “I still believe that this is America, and if you get up and work hard you can do anything,” he said. “I came from nothing. If I can make it, anyone can.”
In high school, Hammons studied hard and was always active in sports, playing both basketball and football. After graduation, his goal was to play football at the University of Oklahoma. He was a walk-on who was eventually voted team captain in 2001, leading his team to a national championship. After college, Hammons earned his law degree at the University of Oklahoma. Today he practices law as a personal injury attorney.
“Chris doesn’t give up. If he has a goal, he will follow through no matter how long it takes him,” said his wife, Jennifer Hammons. “He doesn’t fail well.”
Once you’ve called an attorney to represent you in a case, you may be wondering what to bring with you for your first consultation. Of course, the type of case you want representation for will make a difference for what documents you need. We’ve compiled a list of the most helpful information you can bring to your first meeting so that both you and your attorney will get the most out of the time spent together.
A Way to Take Notes
You’re going to be learning a lot of information in this first consultation, so be sure to bring something to take notes with. You can bring your laptop, phone, tablet or whatever is easiest for you.
Summary of the Incident
Because time may have passed between the time you experienced the issue in question and your consultation, it’s best to take time to sit and write down as much as you know and remember about your situation. For example, if you were in a car accident, note important details such as the date of the collision, time, weather, witnesses, and a description of the accident. This will help your attorney become familiar with the incident. If there was an ongoing issue, such as work discrimination, be sure to log these incidents with as much detail as possible.
Be honest in this account, as you don’t want any surprises to appear later down the road that will affect your case in a negative way. There may also be details that could help your case that you don’t realize. This is what you attorney is there for. Telling your attorney as much as you know will help him or her prepare your case in the most effective way possible.
Especially if your case is related to an injury, whether it’s a car accident or personal injury case, you should bring insurance information for you and the other party. In a car accident situation, this is especially important to help your attorney communicate with both insurance companies on your behalf.
If your case is related to workers’ compensation, it is wise to bring any employer workers’ compensation insurance information if you have access to it.
Though this may seem obvious for injury cases, preparing medical documents ahead of time will ensure you get your case started right away. Bring every document possible that relates to medical care or evaluation, including work incident reports.
Your attorney can also help you locate these documents if needed, and you can allow them access to your documents for future medical visits by signing a HIPAA agreement so that you don’t have to manually collect these documents in the future.
Be Prepared to Discuss Payment
You’ll want to take this opportunity to establish a payment agreement between you and your attorney. Different types of cases require different legal and court fees. Your attorney will provide a contract agreement, sometimes called a retainer, which will outline the payment plans and what each party is responsible for.
Prepare Questions for Your AttorneyYour attorney is there to help guide you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about the legal process. Do your research online to try and learn as much as possible about your type of case so you can prepare the best questions possible.
It’s also wise to write questions to ask your attorney. If you don’t already have a relationship with the attorney, ask questions about his or her experience with your type of case. The more confident you feel in your attorney’s ability to represent you, the better you will feel about the entire process.
Remember, the goal of preparing for this consultation is to make the most of your time (and money).
Request Copies of Your Files
It’s smart to ask for copies of all contracts, letters and other signed documents regarding your case and your relationship with your attorney. This will allow you to reference to your retainer agreement if and when you have questions about your attorney’s roles or expectations. Most likely your attorney is already planning to provide these documents, but be sure to put it on your to do list so you don’t forget.
The more prepared you are ahead of time, the less you’ll have to collect later. Not only will you help your attorney start working on your case earlier, but you will most likely save money on the time you spend with the lawyer.
If you’re ready to schedule your first consultation, contact LHL Law today.