What are the Real Costs of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be unable to work and meet your basic needs and the needs of your family. When you are struggling to make ends meet, the last thing you want is another expense, so you may not take the legal action necessary to protect your interests for fear that you can’t afford it. Don’t ever let your concerns about the cost of legal representation keep you from protecting your rights!
If You Have a Good Case, You Can Always Afford a Lawyer
You’ve probably seen ads offering a free initial consultation, but you may not understand exactly how most personal injury attorneys are compensated for the cases they handle. Typically, a personal injury lawyer will charge on a contingency basis. This means that, should they decide to take your case, they will agree to bill you legal fees only if they recover compensation for your losses. As a general rule, the percentage ranges from 15 to 40%, but averages around one-third (33%) of any verdict or settlement. In the event an attorney decides to take your case, the percentage should be clearly stated up front and should be put in writing.
The contingency arrangement, however, applies only to any legal fees charged by the attorney. During the preparation of the case, there will also be other expenses, including filing fees, costs associated with expert witnesses, and other fees or obligations related to the gathering of evidence. Different law firms take different approaches, but most lawyers recognize that personal injury victims don’t typically have the resources to pay substantial expenses up front. Accordingly, it’s likely that your lawyer will advance the costs associated with legal action, and recoup those expenses from the settlement or verdict.
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