Personal Injury Attorney
Anyone who has ever been injured by another person knows how it feels to want to hold that other party responsible. If you are the victim of an accident and are suffering from injuries, you could be considering a personal injury lawsuit. How much does it cost? The following are some factors that play a role in the final cost.
How the Lawyer Charges
Each lawyer is going to get paid a little differently. Many personal injury lawyers charge on a contingency fee basis, which means they don’t ask for any fees upfront. Instead, the lawyer fee is based on winning the case, and it will come right out of the settlement before you see any cash.
Another way some lawyers charge is a basic flat rate for all personal injury cases. In these situations, the lawyer would charge the same fee for every client they represent in a personal injury case. Another rate is by the hour. Hourly rates could get quite expensive, based on how complex the case is and how long it takes, but a flat rate might not be an option because lawyers understand this complexity.
The Additional Fees
There are almost always additional fees associated with personal injury cases. For example, there’s a fee to file your lawsuit. There are clerical fees for copying and other office-type work. You might be asked by your lawyer to pay for the investigator or the evidence analyst. It’s important you speak with your lawyer before you hire him or her so you understand what type of additional fees you may be required to pay and when you would be required to pay them. Sometimes they come out with the contingency fee, sometimes they are to be paid as they arise and other lawyers might have some other method.
What It’s Worth
Once you understand how your lawyer charges and what additional fees there might be, you can begin to determine what value your case has and whether it’s worth the fight. If your lawyer fees will be quite high, but the individual who injured you doesn’t have any assets from which to pull a settlement, it may not be worth the high lawyer fees. If your lawyer charges on contingency and takes you on as a client, he or she is typically pretty sure you’ll win the case, so that might be more worth it.
Contacting a Lawyer
It’s important you know what you’re getting into before you actually hire a lawyer. Contact an attorney, like a personal injury attorney from Rispoli & Borneo, P.C., today to learn more about fees and charges and how much you can expect to pay for representation.