Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Cost of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

After having to pay medical bills following an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, the thought of having to shoulder legal fees is often the main factor that deters injured individuals from hiring a qualified personal injury lawyer. However, given the possibility of obtaining a favorable settlement, this really should not be an injured person’s sole concern. Fortunately, as far as costs are concerned, personal injury attorneys often have safeguards in place to ease the financial burden on their clients.

For one, many personal injury lawyers charge on a contingency fee basis. This means that they will only take a percentage of the settlement amount they are able to negotiate. Essentially, this also means that the accident victim will only ever need to pay the lawyer if the case results in a favorable outcome. If the attorney loses the case, then the injured individual will not need to pay a single cent. 

There are a few other expenses that an injured individual may need to pay, but these are rather minimal. Such small expenses include filing fees, court fees, and other similar processing fees. Most civil litigations also settle short of trial, in which case many of these fees are then waived.

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