How Do I Pay For A Car Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’re likely in the process of shopping around for a car accident lawyer and you are probably wondering just how much it’s going to cost you to hire one. Most car accident attorneys (personal injury attorneys) work on contingency, meaning they do not collect an upfront fee; rather, they retain a percentage of the settlement award. In Nevada, there isn’t a “standard” percentage when it comes to personal injury cases, but it is normal for an attorney to take around 33 percent of any settlement awarded. That’s our short answer. For the longer answer (including some important details to consider), continue reading.
What is a Contingency Fee?
As mentioned above, a contingency fee means an attorney agrees to represent a client with the mutual understanding that the attorney will only collect a fee if a settlement award is reached — in other words, the client receives either:
- A settlement award from the at-fault party, or
- a court judgment in his or her favor.
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Therefore, the attorney’s fee is “contingent” on a positive outcome to the case.
How are “Costs” Managed?
You’ve probably heard on all of the attorney commercials, “you don’t way if you don’t win!” However, that’s not always the case. With every injury claim, there are costs associated with each case. Typical fees include filing fees, costs of photocopying, expert witness fees, deposition fees, et cetera.
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That said, in most contingency agreements, costs are absorbed by your lawyer as they arise; however, when you receive your settlement award, those costs can be deducted from your settlement–on top of the agreed upon contingency percentage.
Contingency Fee Agreements Are Not For Defendants
Another important point worth touching on is that a contingency fee agreement is only an option when a lawyer represents a plaintiff — the one filing the lawsuit and seeking compensation from the negligent party.
If you are the defendant (the one being sued), you would not typically hire an injury lawyer to defend yourself. Unless, of course, you believe you were not at fault and you’ve been injured as well. If you do believe you are at fault, and you have liability car insurance, your insurance company should cover this aspect of the claim for you. This is part of the insurance company’s obligation to defend.
How the Injury Firm Can Help
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident in Las Vegas, please do not hesitate to give Attorney, Brian M. Boyer of The Injury Firm a call for a free, no-obligation case review. If he cannot help you, he will point you in the best direction for your specific needs. Call him today at (702) 800-0988.