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What Are The Fees For My Case?

Most personal injury attorneys take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee payment agreement makes it possible for an injured plaintiff, who is looking for a legal remedy, to obtain legal representation, even if they cannot afford to pay a lawyer at the beginning of their case. A client does not have to pay any money toward a contingency fee up front. Instead, they agree to pay an attorney a percentage of their award, should they prevail in their case. Each attorney’s contingency fee agreement will dictate the amount and the circumstances of payment. The rules governing the practice of law in your state will also frequently determine whether contingency fees are appropriate for your case.

After a contingency fee agreement is reviewed and signed, your attorney will pay for the upfront expenses of your lawsuit. These expenses can include filing fees, conducting depositions, and obtaining copies of medical records or reports. If your attorney manages to obtain a judgment or negotiate a settlement on your behalf, the contingency agreement you signed will control exactly how your funds are to be dispersed.

Some contingency fee agreements use what is called a graduated percentage contract. If your lawyer has to file a lawsuit and actually take it to trial, his or her agreement may specify a higher percentage for legal fees because more time and effort is required for litigation and trial you’re your attorney does not have to file a lawsuit because he or she managed to negotiate your settlement through mediation or some other form of dispute resolution, then the contingency fee payment agreement may provide that you pay a smaller percentage in legal fees.

Some attorneys’ contingency fee agreements specify that you pay for expenses plus a percentage. If you entered such a contingency fee agreement and your attorney won you a $50,000 judgment at a jury trial, but only after spending $5,000 on expenses, he or she would recoup their expenses first, and then distribute the remaining $45,000 in funds, including a percentage for legal fees.

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Will I Have To Pay Anything If I Lose The Case?

If your case is taken by your personal injury attorney on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay any money at all in fees to your attorney, unless you either win your case at trial or receive a settlement payment. The entire concept and purpose of the contingency fee agreement is that the client, who is an injured accident victim, is not out any upfront expenses and does not pay any kind of legal fees, unless and until they win the compensation they deserve. Only then does your lawyer receive a percentage of your recovery as his or her legal fees. If you lose your case, there is no legal fee owed and your attorney is paid absolutely nothing by you.

While most states permit contingency fee agreements, it is important to be aware that some state bar organizations have become suspicious of these types of agreements, viewing them as excessive fees. As such, these organizations have worked to put in place limits on the use of contingency fee arrangements. Advocates of contingency fee agreements continue to argue that they provide motivation for attorneys to fight hard for the best possible settlement amount for their client and also that the agreements provide a way for victims who could not normally afford access to an attorney to obtain such, with zero financial risk. If you wish to pursue compensation for you injuries and would require a contingency fee arrangement to afford an attorney, either visit the state bar website in your state or consult a local personal injury attorney to find out whether or not limitations have been placed upon the use of contingency fee arrangements in your state.

The firm’s resources are available throughout the day and night in order to accommodate
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What Is The Average Personal Injury Case Worth?

It is not ethical for an attorney to promise any certain amount of money to a client as the value of their case. Personal injury settlements can vary widely, depending on a great many factors. The only reliable truth, when it comes to personal injury cases, is that the more severe your injury and resulting damages are, the more money your case is likely to be worth.

While there are no guarantees when it comes to personal injury settlements and judgments, there are certain factors that will affect the average personal injury lawsuit’s payout. The two key factors in determining the monetary value of a personal injury case are liability and damages. When it comes to liability, if a government entity, including a police officer, has ticketed the defendant for violating a traffic law or health code, then that can go a long way toward proving liability against them. Photos of the dangerous spot on the ground where you tripped are convincing evidence of the liability of a property owner.

In regards to damages, showing receipts of the expenses you have had to pay out of your pocket, such as presenting itemized and dated lists of medical bills, can help prove how expensive this experience has been for you and your loved ones. A letter from your employer about the dates when you missed work for pain or medical treatment and how much you are owed, along with any documentation from your physician or specialist indicating how severe you injury is and how likely it is that your injury will be permanent, would also go toward proving your damages to a jury or an insurance company.

How Long Will It Be Before I Get Paid?

How Long Will It Be Before I Get Paid?Once a release has been signed, the insurance company is legally obligated to write you a check for your settlement amount. The check should be received by your attorney’s office within one month. The check must then be held in your attorney’s escrow account until it clears. At that point, any liens from medical providers or insurance companies will be paid, your attorney’s fees will be paid, and then you will be paid what is remaining.

It is important to note that a settlement may take a longer time, if you are still in the process of being treated for your injuries. Settling your personal injury case before you have reached what is called the point of maximum medical improvement can be a mistake. It is always recommend to wait until you are at maximum medical improvement before settling your case. This allows you and your lawyer to put an appropriate value on your damages. If you are still being medically treated for your injuries, there is no way to know or express to the insurance company whether or not you will be able to fully recover from your injuries. If you accept a settlement before you reach maximum medical improvement, you may not end up being compensated for any of your additional medical expenses, your possibly permanent disability, your lost wages, or your pain and suffering, in the future.

As a first step, the insurance company will require you to sign a release, which officially settles your claim. In this release, you will agree that you are giving up your future right to sue this person, these people, or this company, who are responsible for your injuries and the resulting damages. When the insurance company receives the signed release, then you will receive the agreed-upon sum of money, as an exchange for giving up the rights to your claim.

Will My Case Go To Trial?

Will My Case Go To Trial

Whether or not to take a case to trial is a deep, personal decision that each client must make with the advice of their attorney. Some factors to consider are how well documented your injury and medical treatments are and the other side’s willingness to negotiate a settlement.

When an insurance company is involved, which is most of the time, personal injury cases will nearly always reach a settlement. Insurance companies are, ultimately, a business. They have more than enough money to pay out claims and are required to do so in many cases. It is also very expensive for an insurance company to go all the way to trial. There are very large legal fees, regardless of the outcome, so they may have to pay for a trial and still pay damages in the end.

Usually, the insurance company would rather be able to at least have some say in the amount of the settlement than leave it in the hands of a quite sympathetic jury, which has the power to award very large pain and suffering or punitive damages to the plaintiff. Settlements can also benefit the defendant more than judgments, if there is any reason they would prefer to stay out of the public eye. Many companies will offer addition money to a plaintiff, in exchange for the plaintiff agreeing to keep the details of the claim and the settlement private.

Settling a personal injury lawsuit outside of court can provide several distinct advantages for both the plaintiff and the defendant, in many cases. For both parties, the process of going all the way to trial can be lengthy, exhausting, and expensive. Very often, a case won’t even get to a trial until a year or more after the initial claim was filed. The trial itself may then take months or even years.

About Attorney: The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert E. Brown, PC will work diligently and passionately to obtain justice for those who have been wronged. They know how to navigate the legal system in Staten Island, formulate the best arguments, present the most compelling evidence, and ultimately obtain the highest settlements or jury awards for their clients.

About Attorney

About Attorney

Robert E. Brown founded the Law Offices of Robert E. Brown, P.C. in 2006. Before opening his own firm, Mr. Brown worked as a lawyer for the international firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and the renowned firm of Slotnick, Shapiro & Crocker — a leading criminal defense and matrimonial boutique. Prior to his law career, Mr. Brown was a member of the New York City Police Department. He retired as a Captain from the 5th Precinct, located in Chinatown, after a prestigious Over 18-year career.

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Staten Island, NY 10312

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