Accident lawyers normally take a percentage from the settlement their client receives if they win their case. The percentage could range anywhere from 25 to 40%, with the average attorney’s fee amounting to around one-third of the final payout.
However, not all personal injury lawyers work on a so-called contingency fee agreement. Some attorneys charge hourly rates or a retainer, which could leave accident victims in debt if they lose their case. The best way to find out about the fee and percentage of an attorney is to call a law firm. It’s more efficient to ask about their fee structure in a free consultation directly.
At our firm, we work for you based on contingency fees.
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Most, but not all, accident lawyers work on a contingency agreement. In this fee structure, an attorney will receive a fixed percentage if (and only if) an accident victim wins their case.
If the case is lost, the victim won’t have to pay the attorney for the work done on the case. The contingency fee arrangement is, therefore, an excellent way for a victim to get professional help for recovering their due without having to worry about taking on financial risks.
Additional Lawsuit Expenses
Accident victims intending to file a lawsuit should be aware of potential additional fees and expenses other than the attorney’s fee when filing a personal injury lawsuit. A court filing fee alone, according to the Superior Court of California, can set you back several hundred dollars. Plaintiffs (those bringing the suit) may also have to pay for serving a summons on the defendant (the negligent party in the suit).
There can also be other fees, such as for making copies of official documents and fees for transcripts of depositions. In some cases, a plaintiff may have to pay fees for expert witnesses, which can be considerable amounts.
Some accident lawyers will take on these additional charges and include them in their final fee. However, others may insist that you pay for these expenses out of your own pocket and upfront. It is best to discuss how to handle any extra fees with your motorcycle accident attorney before you agree to hire them.
How a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
Motorcycle accident cases can be challenging for those who get hurt in a complicated accident or are left disabled for life and have considerable damages. An attorney from our firm can work tirelessly to help you receive a fair and comprehensive settlement.
- Collect and present evidence proving liability and damages
- Help organize proof of your damages, such as medical bills and receipts
- Communicate with your medical providers to prove a link between your injuries and the accident
- Negotiate fair compensation with the insurance company or at-fault party’s attorney
- Represent you aggressively in court
Accident victims dealing with small cases think they may not need a lawyer. However, they may still want to seek legal advice as soon as possible after an accident. Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys offer free consultations and can help you figure out whether you could potentially handle a claim on your own or whether you should consider hiring a lawyer from our firm. After all, you will want to give yourself the best possible chance of recovering an adequate settlement.
Contact the Attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices Today
Hiring a dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer is one of the best ways to protect your legal rights, find out what you are entitled to recover, and understand how to fight for your due. Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices will review your claim, advise you honestly and openly, and discuss whether you could potentially handle your case on your own or whether you could benefit from professional assistance.
Do not delay as there are general time limits for personal injury lawsuits. Missing the deadline could leave you without legal recourse. Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices now at (888) 522-6291 for a free review of your case.