How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
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Too many injury victims in Tucson and around Arizona forgo legal representation because they assume the cost is out of reach for them. However, in personal injury cases, plaintiffs typically do not pay any upfront costs, and legal fees are only collected if a successful settlement or verdict is reached on their behalf. This is why it is in your best interest to consult with a personal injury attorney about your accident, because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
If you or a loved one has been injured, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our experienced Tucson personal injury attorneys.
When you are looking for a personal injury lawyer, it is a good idea to interview several attorneys before you hire one. Usually, personal injury lawyers will not charge for these initial consultations.
During these initial consultations, you will explain your case and the attorney will give you an idea of how likely you are to succeed. Once you are ready to hire a lawyer, it important to know that most personal injury attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis.
What Is a Contingency Fee?
A contingency fee arrangement means that the lawyer’s fees will be deducted from a final settlement or judgment. The fee is contingent on the outcome of the case. A client only pays the attorney’s fees if the case is successful. If you do not receive a judgment or settlement, you do not owe any legal fees.
In this type of fee arrangement, the lawyer agrees to accept a fixed percentage of the recovery. Typically, the fixed amount is about one-third of the final settlement, but can range anywhere from 33 to 40 percent. If your lawyer settles the case before filing a lawsuit, he or she will likely not be able to obtain more than 33 percent of the settlement. When a settlement occurs after you file a lawsuit, many states allow a lawyer to obtain a higher percentage of the settlement.
Some personal injury lawyers will cover costs and expenses associated with the case upfront. Then they will deduct the total from the settlement amount or judgment you receive. Others may charge you for the costs and expenses as they are due. Keep in mind that your case will not proceed until the requisite payments are made. Examples of court costs and expenses may include:
- Expert witness and investigator fees
- Court filing fees
- Copies of medical records
- Legal research costs
- Police reports
The costs associated with a case may continue to increase the closer you get to trial. Because of such expenses, your attorney’s percentage of the final settlement amount could end up being 45 to 60 percent.
Receiving Your Settlement
In a case where there is a settlement, your lawyer will typically receive the final settlement check. Your lawyer is then required to contact you and explain any amount he or she will be deducting to cover their expenses. If there is a dispute as to how much should be deducted, the lawyer will place this amount in a trust account. Any undisputed portion of the settlement should be delivered to you as soon as possible.
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