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Personal Injury Cases - Attorney Fees


Most personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. That means that you do not pay any money for attorney's fees up front. Instead we take our fees out of any settlement or judgment we obtain for you. If we do not obtain a settlement or judgment for you, then you do not owe us any attorney's fees.

There are some cases that we accept on a hybrid basis. This means we may require a client to invest at least some of their own money into the case. For example, we may require that they agree to pay for court costs, expert witness fees, court reporter fees, etc. up front. If we pay for these expenses up front ourselves, then we will deduct these fees from the client's settlement amount later on to reimburse the Firm.

The client is responsible for their medical bills at all times. We advise all our clients to use their own health insurance to pay for their medical treatment, if they have such insurance. In the event we are able to obtain adequate recovery later on, we will reimburse your medical provider for any unpaid bills at that time.

For clients who do not have their own health insurance, we can often offer help in the following way. There are situations where we can refer the client to a medical provider who will agree to provide treatment without any payment up front. We then would reimburse the provider by paying their bill out of the client's settlement amount later on.

Even if we do not refer you to a medical provider, we may have to hold back part of your settlement or judgment to pay other medical bills you have incurred. We are legally bound to do this in some cases because some medical providers and government entities are entitled to have an automatic "lien" against any of your settlement proceeds.

The same may be true for your own health insurance company. Most people don't realize that they have an agreement with their health insurance provider that says they must reimburse the company if they are able to recover money from another party to pay them for their injuries. The same rules apply for people who use Medicaid or Medicare to pay for their medical treatment. However, we can often negotiate with these companies to reduce the amount of their liens.

The percentages we take from the gross proceeds are as follows:

33%, if case is settled prior to a lawsuit being filed;
38%, if the case is settled after a lawsuit is filed;
40%, if the case goes to trial;
45%, if the case is appealed after trial.

Basic court filing fee - $339 (only if lawsuit has to be filed) (as of 4/27/17)