How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost? | Fort Collins Injury Lawyers
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Many people believe that hiring a lawyer will cost an arm and a leg, so you might be surprised to find out that some attorneys will not cost you anything unless you have success in your case.
Good personal injury attorneys know that you have already suffered enough in sustaining your injury, so you should not have to pay any upfront costs to pursue a lawsuit. Instead, legal fees should be collected only once the lawyer gets you a successful settlement or ruling in the case. For this reason, if you have been injured, it is a good idea to meet with a personal injury lawyer to find out your legal options. There really is no downside, but the benefits could be big.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with skilled accident attorneys in Fort Collins, Colorado.
A personal injury attorney will want to have an initial meeting with you to go over the facts of your case. Almost always, this meeting will be free. In this consultation, you will present the lawyer with the general details of your situation, and he or she should explain what kind of odds you probably have in initiating a lawsuit.
To ensure that you are finding the best lawyer to take on your claim, you should try to meet with a handful of attorneys for an initial consultation. When you have found the lawyer you think will be the best at handling your case, it is important to know how he or she intends to charge you. Most personal injury attorneys handle cases on a contingency fee basis.
Contingency Fees Are Very Common
This type of fee gets its name because the fee is contingent on the outcome of your case. In other words, you paying it depends on your case’s success. Therefore, if your lawyer operates on a contingency fee basis, then he or she will not charge you anything up-front. Instead, the lawyer’s fees will probably be taken from a final settlement, which is the dollar amount you would get from the case, or from a judgment by the court. That way, if you don’t get a judgment or settlement, you will not owe legal fees to the attorney.
Typically, in a contingency fee arrangement, your attorney will accept a fixed percentage of the amount that you recover from the case. This percentage usually is around 33 percent of the settlement value but can occasionally be higher. Sometimes, the fixed percent can depend on the stage in the legal process that your case is resolved. For example, a lawyer who settles a case before it goes to trial may not be able to get more than 1/3 of the settlement value.
However, if the case goes to trial, then the lawyer may be able to get more than 33 percent. This is meant to reflect the amount of time and expertise that the lawyer has probably put into your case.
Added Costs to Consider
In addition to the contingency fee arrangement, there are other costs associated with your suit that could come up. Some of these are:
- Court filing fees
- Expert witness and investigator fees
- Cost of obtaining medical records
- Legal research costs
- Cost of taking depositions
Different lawyers have different policies about when you will be charged for costs associated with your case. Some of them will cover these costs and deduct them from your eventual settlement or judgment. Others may charge you as the costs are incurred. Regardless, typically your case’s costs will grow the closer you get to going to trial.
Getting Your Settlement
If your case results in a settlement, the settlement check will initially go to your lawyer. Laws are in place to ensure that your lawyer contacts you and clearly delineates how much he or she will be taking to cover his or her expenses.
Get Help From Skilled Fort Collins Personal Injury Lawyers
The Fort Collins injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you seek the compensation you deserve for damages you sustained from an accident, including medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and much more. And as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your personal injury case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our experienced personal injury lawyers in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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