So you’ve been injured, and you’ve been awarded an injury settlement. Your injury settlement may include paying for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. But what about attorney’s fees? Due to the nature of the law and its complexities, it can be tricky to navigate the costs involved. While it may look like an attorney is taking an excessive amount of money, the fact is that there are many hidden costs that you will not be aware of until the end of the case. So what exactly are Lawyers charging you for in these particular cases?

What It Injury Compensation

Having been injured in an accident can affect your mental as well as physical health. Your income may be affected, and you may be unable to work. Many factors need to be considered when facing a long recovery. For example, if you are injured in a car crash, the compensation may be different than a workplace injury due to various insurance types and laws. Nevertheless, in all personal injury cases, those involved suffer undue stress, pain, and loss of earnings that can be considerable. That is why hiring professional attorneys to help you claim compensation is vital.

What Are The Costs Involved In A Personal Injury Case?

A significant concern with hiring legal representation is the attorney’s fees and costs. This is due to the unknown factors involved when you hire them to represent you. These costs are often borne by your attorney initially and then recouped if you win the case. Nevertheless, there are some typical costs associated with hiring an attorney.

  • Expenses and Fees of an Attorney

Most people don’t realize that there are several legal fees that a defendant owes – often called “attorney fees” – from the time a lawsuit has been started. These fees include court costs, filing fees, jury fees, expert witness fees, and more. The way they usually charge for their services is via what is known as contingency fees. A Contingency Fee is a fee paid by the at-fault party’s insurance company to the injured party’s attorney after settlement or trial. Attorneys are paid based on a contingency fee, which is a percentage of the settlement or jury award (depending on the result). In most cases, the contingency fee is set when the claim is first filed. The contingency fee agreement means you will cover your attorney’s costs, and your attorney will only get paid if you are awarded money through the personal injury lawsuit.

attorney reviewing a personal injury case

There are also different ways how an attorney can charge you, such as: 

  • Hourly: A lawyer is paid an hourly rate for their services, either fixed or negotiated. To compensate for their specialized knowledge, attorneys who have extensive experience or education will typically charge more per hour than other attorneys in the field. However, you are more likely to receive a positive outcome, so you must weigh this up carefully.
  • Flat rate: A lawyer charging a flat fee for a specific legal task is known as a flat rate. No matter how many hours you spend or the result of your case, your cost remains the same. Increasingly, attorneys are offering flat rates to their clients, which is gaining popularity due to the more straightforward nature of calculating the costs. 
  • Contingency: As previously discussed, this option often costs the most, but you have more latitude if the case fails. For example, if you win, they will retain a percentage typically 30%+, but you won’t have to pay anything outside of expenses if you lose.

attorney discusing injury compensation case

  • Understand How They Calculate Their Fees

For every attorney, the cost of defending their clients against criminal charges can be a significant concern. Many factors determine the costs, such as:

  • The complexity of the case.
  • The amount of evidence gathered or filed.
  • The size of the firm’s litigation department. 
  • The education and experience of the attorney.
  • The typical attorney fee for the same services in the area.
  • The reputation of the lawyer.
  • The payment arrangement.
  • Time limitations in a case or client’s case.
  • Requirements for providing competent representation to clients.
  • Your Attorney Will Get The Check First

It is expected that the attorney who represents you will obtain the compensation check first. They will then deduct their fees and other expenses related to the case and provide you with the remaining amount. The amount you receive will be less when compared to what you won, but if you have consulted and negotiated with your lawyer, it shouldn’t be a surprise.

  • A Great Attorney Will Cost More

As previously mentioned, a highly skilled attorney with a reputation for winning cases will charge more. This is a fact of life that extends to all other businesses. However, a competent lawyer will be better able to either convince the other side to settle out of court, saving you more expenses, or win in court and claim a significant amount from the losing side. 

  • You Can Negotiate

While an attorney will present their fees or percentage demands to represent you, you always have the latitude to lower the costs. It would help if you agreed before proceedings begin; otherwise, it could be costly to reconfigure costs. It is also worthwhile educating yourself about the case and the type of injuries you have sustained. For example, if you believe you are entitled to some compensation but your injuries are not as bad as you initially thought, you could go directly to the defendant and negotiate with them directly. Most of the time, they will be willing to settle out of court for a reasonable fee.

  • Gather As Much Information As Possible

Before you contact an attorney, you should compile all of the relevant documentation you need and present it to them directly. This includes:

  • Medical bills.
  • Police Reports.
  • Witness statements.

By doing this first, you will save time, meaning that your attorney won’t have to do this themselves. It will save money and save time in one go. Nevertheless, some things are best left with a professional lawyer, such as serving a notice of intention to sue using company-branded letterheads. 

Attorneys are notoriously expensive, and most people don’t understand why. However, there are many parts to a successful case, and it can take years of experience to learn the law and win cases. Nevertheless, with proper consultation and some negotiation, the amount you receive should represent what you deserve.