Are you in need of a personal injury attorney but the whole process is daunting and confusing? Especially when it comes to understanding the fees involved? Rest assured, it doesn’t have to be so complicated. Below is a breakdown of common personal injury attorney fees if you find yourself in a situation that requires assistance from an attorney.
In most instances there is a “no fee if no recovery” policy. This means, if there is a settlement agreement, the personal injury attorney gets a percentage of the damage awarded. However, if there is no settlement the attorney typically doesn’t get any fees.
The fees can vary from attorney to attorney. Keep in mind how the case is settled can also affect the percentage, but in most cases the percentages range from 25 to 40 percent.
Along with attorney fees there may be other fees that are deducted from your damage award and can include but are not limited to:
- Unpaid medical bills – it is common practice for some doctors to wait until after the case is resolved to collect payment. Therefore any outstanding medical bills will be taken directly from your settlement.
- Out of pocket expenses – if your attorney accrues any out of pocket expenses while working on our case, such as hiring an expert witness, these fees will also be taken from your settlement.
Most attorneys offer a free consultation. While waiting for the appointment make a list of questions you want answered. During the consultation be sure to ask and understand the answers.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.