How Much does It Cost to Hire a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer?

April 14, 2022
How Much does It Cost to Hire a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer?

How much it costs to hire a Clearwater personal injury lawyer depends on the law firm's fee agreement. While most personal injury lawyers handle cases on a contingency-fee basis, some handle cases with hourly fees or retainers.

If you are looking for an injury lawyer, you shouldn't have to worry about the cost. Find out how much it costs to fire a clearwater personal injury lawyer and how payment works. With our team, you don't have to pay for your lawyer out of pocket.

What Is a Contingency-Fee Agreement?

A contingency-fee agreement means that the lawyer's payment depends on whether or not your case is successful.

You pay no upfront legal fees or costs. The lawyer accepts no retainers and does not charge hourly fees. Instead, the attorney gets paid out of any settlement or award you receive at trial. The attorney receives a previously agreed-upon percentage of your settlement or court award. In exchange for this percentage, the attorney agrees not to charge you anything unless and until they win a settlement for you.

Our team handles cases on a contingency-fee basis.

Contingency Fee Percentages

Most personal injury lawyers charge a percentage of the amount recovered as their fee. Some lawyers only accept cases with a chance of recovery; others will represent clients regardless of the outcome. However, you can be sure that the lawyer is as dedicated to recovering compensation as you are, as they aren't paid unless you are.

Percentages are typically between 30 and 40 percent.

In some cases, the percentage may increase from the original, agreed-upon percentage. Your attorney will be upfront with you about when your fees may increase. You will need to sign paperwork confirming your agreement to the percentages.

You Should Know About The Lawyer's Fees

Your lawyer will likely ask you to sign a written fee agreement. Before signing such an agreement, make sure that you understand everything. Here are some vital questions to ask:

  • How much does the lawyer charge? Understand whether the fee is hourly, fixed, contingent, or a combination of multiple types. What is the fee percentage? When might the percentage increase?
  • What happens if the lawyer doesn't win? Will you still owe the lawyer their fee?
  • Do you have to pay any costs associated with the lawsuit? Does the law firm advance those costs?
  • Are there any fees to switch from another lawyer to this firm?

It's best to get answers to these questions before deciding whether to hire a particular lawyer. It helps to discuss any concerns about the lawyer's fees with others you trust—especially if they have experience with this. They can provide valuable insight into what person and payment style they think would be most appropriate for your situation.

What does an Injury Attorney do for You?

When an attorney from our firm takes on your case, they will:

  • Determine the strength of your case
  • Gather evidence, such as photos, video, medical bills and records, eyewitness statements, expert witness testimony, police or incident reports, and
  • Determine a value for your case, using medical bills and records, pay stubs, receipts, and testimony from your doctors and friends
  • Fill out and file any necessary paperwork for your claim or lawsuit
  • Communicate with all involved parties
  • Negotiate for a fair settlement amount
  • Prep your case for trial
  • Represent you in court, if necessary

What Can an Attorney Recover for You?

Your recoverable damages depend on your specific circumstances, but could include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Funeral and burial expenses if you lost a loved one in an accident

Our team can let you know which damages apply in your case.

What Types of Cases does a Personal Injury Attorney Handle?

Common personal injury cases include:

Don't hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group today to ask any questions you have. The initial consultation is free.

Remember that you face no financial risk when you work with our team. Let us help with your injury case today.