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When you are injured due to someone’s negligence, the cost of your treatment for the injuries you suffered in the accident could be more than your insurance will pay. You may decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused your injuries, but you are unsure about how to pay the legal costs associated with the lawsuit. Besides the attorney’s fees, there are many other costs associated with a personal injury claim such as filing fees, court costs, and much more. How do you pay the attorney’s fees and other costs associated with your claim in addition to your growing medical expenses?
Besides the lawyer’s fees, there are additional expenses in a personal injury lawsuit including:
In California, solo lawyers and law firms have different options available for payment of the legal services they provide. A fixed or standard fee is often used for routine legal issues. Some lawyers have an hourly rate and bill their client periodically for the number of hours they worked on a specific legal matter. Another option is a retainer fee to ensure that the attorney is available to work on the client’s case. A retainer fee can be set up in different ways with specific arrangements to meet the individual client’s needs.
If you are paying up-front costs for legal services, you can arrange a payment plan with your attorney. Your lawyer explains their services and related costs and provides an estimate of the amount you may owe.
There is another arrangement known as the contingency fee. Contingency fees for a personal injury lawsuit are most commonly used in California. The lawyer agrees to take a specific percentage of the settlement for handling the case. If you lose the case, there is no fee for the lawyer’s services. A contingency fee gives you the opportunity to file a lawsuit when you are overwhelmed with medical bills and other expenses.
Each law firm has their own way of dealing with payment for legal services and associated fees. Most of them deduct their fees from the settlement award at the end of the case. You can pursue your personal injury case without paying any up-front costs depending on the contingency fee arrangements you make with your attorney. If your attorney is not able to obtain a recovery for your case, you do not pay anything.
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