Many people know that most attorneys accept personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not have to worry about paying for your lawyer’s fees while he or she is representing you.
In exchange, if your attorney is successful in your case in terms of getting you a settlement or winning a trial, he or she will take a portion of the won amount. However, costs and expenses in a personal injury case may also relate to other things such as long-distance phone calls, copying, sending mail and more.
Cost does not refer to fees paid to your personal injury attorney. Rather they are any expenses that are incurred by your attorney’s office in investigating your injury or accident claim, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit or conducting settlement negotiations. Typically, you will repay the lawyer for these costs out of the final settlement amount.
Some of these costs can be unavoidable. For example, the filing fee for the lawsuit may be something that you will have to cope with. if your lawyer makes every effort to resolve things outside of court but is unable to do so, you will still be responsible for paying for the filing fee if he or she is successful in the claim.
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You need to be clear about what your fee agreement actually states in terms of your personal injury claim. You may be able to recover compensation in a settlement or an award but the fee agreement should state whether or not these fees will be coming out of any received settlement or award from a jury. Knowing this upfront will help you properly evaluate any settlement offers.
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