You’ve suffered injuries in a car accident that have left you with mounting medical bills and kept you from going to work. While it can be daunting to think about pursuing a legal case against the driver responsible for your injuries, you want to ensure that you can continue to receive the proper medical care and to pay your bills despite the loss of income. Often, victims try to handle their own case, or they simply do not pursue a claim at all. Help is available, however, and it may be much more affordable than you think.
What Are Typical Fees Associated With a Personal Injury Case?
Every accident is unique, so there is no one-size-fits all statement for how much a case will cost. The fees are based on the amount of time and effort that your case requires from the legal team. Legal fees include a number of costs, including those associated with:
- Filing court documents
- Court fees
- Investigation into the accident
- Expert witnesses
- Attorney fees
Different Payment Options Can Make Representation Affordable
When it comes to paying your attorney, there are a number of options. You and your lawyer will discuss your case and agree on a payment plan before you finalize the attorney-client relationship. This way, there are no surprises when the case is resolved and payment is due. The most common payment agreement for a personal injury case is called a contingency fee. With a contingency fee, the client does not pay the attorney until the case is resolved successfully. Typically, the attorney fees are paid directly from the settlement. No money is due upfront. The lawyer and the client agree on a fixed percentage, and that amount is taken from the award. If the case is not successful, the client is not charged.
The Cost of Not Hiring an Attorney
While it can be tempting to try to handle an injury case alone, a personal injury attorney can help ensure that your case is resolved as effectively as possible. An experienced attorney can offer:
- Negotiation experience. These cases often involve negotiations with insurance companies. An injury lawyer has engaged in these negotiations before and understands just what kinds of information and arguments can be effective.
- Legal knowledge. Having navigated the legal system in the past, an attorney can help you understand what to expect, know what to do, and ensure that all important deadlines are met.
Court decisions and insurance settlements are binding, and they typically cannot be changed once handed down. It is vital to offer a thorough and complete case to make sure you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident and you are considering making a legal claim, contact the experienced attorneys at Kennedy Hodges, LLP today. Our legal team can help you understand and protect your rights, and we will work with you to arrange a manageable fee agreement.