What matters most to you when selecting a personal injury lawyer? Reputation? Experience? Cost?
If you said “cost,” it’s likely you’ve never pursued a personal injury claim. It’s surprising to some to learn that personal injury lawyers charge generally the same way. For this reason, it’s always in your best interest to shop for the best personal injury lawyer available.
That said, there are a few specific factors that may lead to cost differences. Read below to learn how lawyers structure fees for personal injury cases and what important questions you should ask about attorney fees from the beginning.
Do you offer a free consultation?
Most lawyers offer free consultations, during which you can discuss your situation, decide if you have a claim, and learn about your potential client-attorney relationship. The Decker Law Firm offers free consultations.
How do you structure your fees?
When selecting a lawyer to represent your personal injury case, it’s important to ask how the firm structures its fees.
Most personal injury attorneys are paid on a “contingency” fee basis, which means there is no fee unless your case is successful (Note: There may be court or other costs involved). In most instances, if you are awarded monetary compensation, attorney fees start at approximately 33.3% of the total recovery. If the defense decides to settle, the rate remains at 33.3%.
Will you increase your fee if it’s necessary to file suit?
If it’s necessary to file suit, many law firms will increase their fee to 40% or higher. At The Decker Law Firm, we do NOT increase our fee. It’s fixed at 33.3%, whether we settle, file suit, or take your case to trial.
Choose The Decker Law Firm.
At the Decker Law Firm, we want you to feel comfortable, knowing everything we do is for your greatest benefit, not ours. We have an excellent reputation for personal injury cases in Hampton Roads that dates back over 50 years. We work hard for you to be awarded the greatest total recovery possible in your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured, call the Decker Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation right now at 757-622-3317.