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Your Personal Injury Attorney's Fees

Posted on:2/24/2013
A personal injury attorney generally does not get paid unless you make a recovery. The standard method for how attorneys charge to do personal injury work is a percentage contract called a contingency fee.

The benefit of this kind of fee arrangement is that you do not have to pay anything up front to your personal injury attorney for his help on your personal injury case. Rather, the attorney gets paid at the end of the case as a percentage of what is collected from the insurance company for the at-fault driver. The lawyer does not get paid unless you make a recovery.


Realize that there is a difference between costs and fees. The personal injury attorney’s fees are the payment for the lawyer’s time spent on your case. Costs are the expenses that an attorney pays out of pocket on your behalf to get things done in your case. At the beginning of an automobile case, the costs are typically quite low, involving things like the fee to get the police report or the search and copying costs to get medical records from your doctors. Only if the case goes into suit do these costs tend to be much higher. Your personal injury attorney will ask you whether to put the case into suit.


Costs after suit will include paying court reporter fees for transcripts of depositions of witnesses and expert witness fees to doctors to testify and render opinions about your case necessary to prove what is required in court. Most of the time, the personal injury attorney will advance these costs on the client’s behalf and not require re-payment from the client until such time as their case is resolved. Most clients are not in a financial position to pay these expenses up front.

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