Personal injury lawyers usually work on a “contingency fee” basis, which is dependent on a favorable outcome for the client.
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As with most personal injury claims, a lawyer’s services are offered on a “contingency fee” arrangement, which means your lawyer’s fees for representing you will be deducted from the final personal injury payout in your case. In the rare event that your case makes it all the way to trial. If, however, you do not re
Contingency Fee Percentages
Most every Las Vegas personal injury lawyer operates on a contingency fee arrangement between 33-40 percent of the settlement. This is the standard fee arrangement. In the majority of cases, your lawyer will receive 33 percent (or one third) of any settlement or award. If, however, your case advances to trial, this fee can be expected to increase by up to 40 percent.
Costs and Expenses
Most attorneys will cover costs as they come up and deduct them from your final settlement award at the end of your case. It’s extremely rare for a lawyer to charge these costs to the client up front in any personal injury case. Typical costs and expenses include, but are not limited to:
- medical records
- police reports
- expert witness fees
- filing fees
- investigators and experts
Your Lawyer Will Receive the Settlement Check
It is common practice for all settlement checks to be sent directly to your lawyer. This is to ensure your lawyer is paid for his service/fees. Once received, the lawyer will contact you with an itemized list of what he or she deducts from your settlement check to cover lawyer’s fees, costs, and expenses. If you dispute the charges, your check may be placed in a trust until all issues are resolved.
If You Fire Your Lawyer Before the Case Is Over
You are free to switch lawyers at any point during your case; however, if you decide to switch lawyers during your case, your original lawyer will place a lien for fees and expenses incurred on the case prior to the switch.
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