How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
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Suffering an injury of any kind is stressful enough, and adding the legal process to taking care of yourself can become overwhelming. No matter what type of injury you suffered, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney to fully understand what your legal options may be.
If you have suffered an injury and are looking to find out more about what your case may be worth, call us at 512 246-2224 for a free case evaluation with an attorney. If we don’t reach a favorable result in your case, you won’t owe us anything.
How Much Do Personal Injury Lawyers Charge?
If you have been injured and are considering hiring a lawyer to represent you, you might be worried about having to scrounge together enough money to cover astronomical hourly rates to fight a case that you might not even win. However, at Zinda Law Group, our attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that we do not take any money, and more importantly, you don’t pay any money, until your case is resolved. In addition, if we are unable to reach a favorable result in your case, you will not owe us anything.
What is the Benefit of a Contingency Fee?
With any lawsuit, there is a great deal of risk involved. Even the cases that seem like surefire winners at the beginning may be derailed by a fact that is uncovered late in the process or a jury who makes an unfavorable decision. If you are paying a lawyer an hourly rate, you bear the risk of such a decision—whatever the outcome of the case, you will owe your lawyer the same amount. In a contingency payment arrangement, that risk is eliminated. You will not owe your lawyer anything unless you win your case, at which point your lawyer may take an agreed-upon percentage of the final settlement.
When you hire an attorney on an hourly basis, they actually have a financial incentive to drag cases out. The more hours that they spend working on a case, the more they stand to make. They do not have any financial interest in the outcome of a case, only the hours that they spend on it. A lawyer who is working on a contingency basis shares in the risk with you—your interests become their own. As such, they have a vested financial interest in the outcome of your case.
Filing and pursuing a lawsuit involves many costs that may surprise those who do not have any experience in this field. Again, when you hire an attorney on an hourly basis, you may end up picking up the tab for these unforeseen costs. Hiring a lawyer on a contingency basis ensures that you do not pay out of pocket for expenses that you did not see coming.
Fees and Expenses of Filing a Claim
As mentioned in the previous section, filing a lawsuit can be quite expensive. From the original filing fee to flying in experts, the costs can add up quickly. A few of the costs that may be incurred during a personal injury claim include:
For every court, there is a cost to file your lawsuit. However, this is not the end of the story. Most cases that go to trial involve several different motions that need to be filed, and there will be a cost associated with each of them. A single case can require the filing dozens of motions and other documents, which can sometimes end up costing thousands of dollars.
Depending on the circumstances of your situation, your case may require hiring an expert witness. This can include professionals like doctors, economists, or accident reconstructionists who are able to lend their expertise to inform the jury of a critical point. This expertise does not come cheap. However, expert witnesses can sometimes charge fees of thousands of dollars, on top of the possible expenses associated with transporting them from their home state.
A deposition is an interview of a witness that is conducted out of court under oath and is reduced to writing to be used as evidence later. In order to conduct a deposition, it is necessary to hire a certified court reporter who can transcribe the dialogue. Depending on the jurisdiction, court reporters may charge anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 per day.
How to Hire a Lawyer
Choosing a lawyer can be a difficult decision to make, considering that most of us are bombarded with phone numbers and catchy slogans when we drive down the freeway and see TV commercials. However, this important decision should not be taken lightly—the following few steps can help you make sure that you make the right choice.
1 .Do Your Research
Before contacting any attorney’s office, start with conducting your own research. This can be as informal as asking friends or family who may have been in a similar situation if they have any experience working with a lawyer in your area or doing a Google search for lawyers specializing in the area of law that you find yourself in. Find testimonials from people who have hired this lawyer or law office before and find out what their strengths and weaknesses may be.
2. Make a Shortlist
From the information that you gathered in the first step, make a shortlist of the firms or attorneys that you think would best match with your situation. From there, read the biography or website for these attorneys. Find out if they practice in the particular area of law that you need help in, and how extensive their experience in this area is.
3. Meet with Attorneys
Perhaps the most essential step, meet in-person with the attorneys that you are considering. Come prepared with questions, a few of which might include:
- How much do you charge?
- Will you be the person handling my case?
- Have you handled similar cases before?
These questions, and questions like them, allow you to determine whether this attorney may be able to represent you well. In addition, it is important to listen to your gut during these meetings. If you get the sense that this attorney does not care about you as a person, then don’t hire them. It is critical that you feel comfortable working the person who may be representing your interests throughout negotiations, and possibly, at trial.
Our No-Win No-Fee Guarantee
At the Zinda Law Group, we want to help you seek the maximum compensation that you may be entitled to. Also, we understand that most people don’t have thousands of dollars lying around to pay attorneys, and we also don’t believe that injury victims should have to worry about how they will afford quality legal representation. That is why we employ a no-win, no-fee structure—if you don’t win your case, you don’t pay anything. Other key areas where Zinda Law Group thrives include:
One of the benefits of hiring a nationally recognized personal injury law firm is the resources at their disposal to maximum compensation for clients. One such resource is the investigative team. The in-house investigators employ their experience in order to help build the strongest case possible. Any lawsuit is only as good as the evidence supporting it, and our investigators work hard to find the evidence that your case needs to be successful.
When you’re looking to hire an attorney, you want to avoid hiring someone who has no experience in the area of law that your situation arises under. There are lots of mistakes to make and pitfalls to fall into in any lawsuit and takes the experience to know how to avoid them. The attorneys at the Zinda Law Group have the necessary experience in several areas of law, including road accidents of all types, truck accidents, wrongful death, and dog bites, just to name a few.
Small Firm Feel
Though Zinda has the resources of a nationwide firm, we maintain the personalized attention and care that characterizes the feel of a smaller firm. If we take you on as a client, you will get to know your lawyer–not just the staff that work under them.
Call the Injury Lawyers at Zinda Law Group
Any accident that results in an injury, whether it be a dog bite or a collision with an 18-wheeler, can turn your life upside down in the blink of an eye. Dealing with injuries and the doctors, medical appointments, and rehab that come with them creates a stressful enough situation on its own. Adding in difficult insurance companies or opposing parties to the mix can be too much to handle. That is why it is critical to have someone on your side to advocate for your interests and help you seek the maximum compensation that you may be entitled to.
The Zinda Law Group attorneys will review your case for free and may be able to advise you on whether another party may be liable for your injuries. If so, they can represent you through negotiations, handle communications with difficult insurance adjusters, and employ their experience in developing an effective trial strategy if the case goes that far. For a free consultation, call us today at (512) 234 2224.