Understanding Injury Lawyer Contingency Fees

A person who has suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence may be interested in hiring a lawyer to obtain a settlement. The person may have been injured at a place of business, and the insurer may be disputing any claim for financial compensation.

People often worry that they won’t be able to afford a lawyer. However, brain injury attorneys typically work on a contingency basis. That means they receive a percentage of the settlement or court award they acquire for the client instead of charging upfront retainer fees.

Contingent Fee Percentages

It’s common for personal injury lawyers in California to charge a contingent fee that is one-third of the settlement, but this often is negotiable. People can ask about the details during a free initial consultation.

Contingent Fee Specifics

To understand how the process works, consider a situation in which an injury attorney obtains a settlement of $18,000 for the client. If the lawyer and the client have agreed on the one-third contingent fee in writing, the client would receive $12,000 and the lawyer $6,000.

Th fee covers a wide variety of services the law firm provides to build a case and convince the insurer to settle.

About Court Awards

If the insurer does not offer a reasonable settlement, the lawyer prepares to take the case to trial. If the attorney wins in court, payment to the injured person is determined by the jury as a court award. The lawyer receives the percentage that the two have agreed on beforehand. Some 95 percent of personal injury cases are settled out of court, however.


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