The core principle of our legal system is that all people, no matter their station in life, can bring their disputes to be heard in a court of law. That’s in theory, in practice, however, justice is not always so available to those with limited means. However, one innovation has somewhat evened the playing field—the contingent fee agreement.
Leveling the Playing Field
The pursuit of justice can be expensive, with litigation costs and attorney fees piling up quickly. The average billing rate in 2018 for Pennsylvania attorneys was $262 per hour, according to Clio, a Canadian research firm tracking legal industry metrics. Corporations and insurance companies often have unlimited resources at their disposal during litigation, putting the average person at a great disadvantage.
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