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What You Need To Know About Retaining A Personal Injury Attorney

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Lawsuits are expensive, time consuming and can be confusing, especially when injuries are involved. In other lawsuits such as contract disputes, there are generally no physical injuries suffered by the parties, thus no medical bills. However, in personal injury cases the costs of the lawsuit, retaining an attorney, court fees, medical bills, expert witnesses, etc., can add up quickly. This is why personal injury attorneys commonly work on a contingency fee basis. If you have suffered an injury, it is important to understand how personal injury attorneys practice so you can make a knowledgeable decision about pursuing your case.

Contingency Fee

When retaining a personal injury attorney, you will enter into a contingency fee agreement. The agreement sets out a percentage of money your attorney will receive from the money you recover, as payment of services. It is important to understand, your personal injury attorney’s payment for services is contingent on your recovery. If you do not recover damages in your case, you do not owe your attorney payment.

Expenses

In addition to payment for services, the agreement will also address how expenses will be paid. Often the attorney will agree to pay for expenses of the case, which will be paid back from the amount your recover. Expenses can include expert witness fees, depositions, court fees, administrative fees, all of which can easily add up to thousands of dollars depending on the extent of your case.

Medical Fees

Repayment of medical bills for the treatment you received will also be taken out of your recovery. Occasionally, your medical provider may agree to suspend payment for services until your case has been settled. Once the case has ended, your attorney will disburse the money owed to your medical providers out of your recovered damages.

Example:

  • Damages Recovered in Lawsuits: $45,000.00
  • Contingency Fee (33%): $15,000.00
  • Expenses Paid by Attorney: $1,000.00
  • Outstanding Medical Bills: $7,000.00
  • Amount Client Recovers: $28,000.00

A contingency fee arrangement is a great option for those with personal injury claims but are worried about their liability to pay an attorney if they cannot recover. The percentage of the agreement can be negotiated, especially with smaller firms that have more control over their billing. In smaller personal injury claims, it may be more beneficial for the client to represent themselves in the proceedings or seek an attorney willing to work pro bono. A knowledgeable personally injury attorney can help you decide whether to pursue your lawsuit with counsel or represent yourself in the proceedings.

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FAQs
Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney