If you were injured on someone else’s property, you might be interested in seeking compensation for your injuries. Understanding how much a lawyer will cost is a key first step.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, you might want to file a claim to seek compensation for your injuries. But you may also be wondering how much it would cost to hire a personal injury lawyer.
An important thing to know as you consider whether to hire a personal injury lawyer for your slip and fall case is that they generally work on a contingency basis, which means that they get paid a percentage of your award if your application is successful. In other words, their fee is contingent upon the success of your case.
Additionally, many lawyers who handle slip and fall cases offer free consultations. These consultations can help you to evaluate whether you should hire a personal injury attorney for your case, and whether the lawyer you speak with is a good fit for you.
The size and structure of contingency fees vary, but they are often around 33% to 40% of any award. So in a straightforward case, your lawyer would receive 33% (or whatever percentage you agreed upon) of any settlement amount or award won at trial.
Some personal injury attorneys use what’s referred to as a “sliding scale.” In sliding scale arrangements, the size of the contingency fee changes depending on what stage in the process your case is resolved.
For instance, if your case is resolved quickly through a settlement, the lawyer might take a 33% fee or even less. But if your case goes to trial, the size of the contingency fee would increase - say to 40% - because your lawyer must spend a lot more time prepping your case and taking it to trial.
Sliding scale fee structures may seem complicated, but they are really just a way to adjust the lawyer’s fees based on how much time and effort they spend working on your case. And remember, either way your lawyer gets paid only if your case is successful.
Separate from the lawyer’s fees, though, there could be some costs associated with your case. For instance, your lawyer may need to request certain types of records that support your claim, such as medical records from a hospital or doctor’s office. Some institutions may provide these records for free, but others will not, and your lawyer may have to pay postage and copying expenses in order to get these documents.
Also, many personal injury lawyers do not ask clients to pay for these expenses in advance and will instead ask you to reimburse them at the end of the case. Your fee agreement will address who is responsible for paying legal costs, and whether these costs are to be deducted from your award before or after calculating the lawyer’s fees.
Here’s an example of what a slip and fall award might look like:
In sum, there are three important things to know about how much a personal injury lawyer costs for a slip and fall case.
First, most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you only pay if your case is successful.
Second, the size and structure of those contingency fees can still vary greatly depending on the agreement between you and your lawyer.
And third, there could be legal costs associated with your case separate from the lawyer’s fees, but personal injury lawyers often cover these costs upfront and seek reimbursement out of any award.