How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Every personal injury lawyer in Utah sets their own fees, which can vary depending on the attorney and law firm.
When you work with a lawyer who accepts your case on a contingency basis, you won’t have to worry about paying any legal fees or expenses until you receive a settlement. This offers significant peace-of-mind, especially if you can’t work due to your injury.
If you work with the Symkoviak Law Firm, you will have no up-front or out-of-pocket costs and we collect no legal fees until and unless we recover damages for your car accident, dog bite, slip and fall or any other personal injury.
Do I Have to Pay to Hire a Utah Personal Injury Lawyer?
Technically, you do not have to pay any money to a personal injury lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis, as we do here at the Symkoviak Law Firm.
Some Utah personal injury attorneys will take your case without you ever paying so much as a dollar out of your pocket. When you work a law firm to represent you on a contingency basis, your lawyer will handle every aspect of your case and cover all expenses on your behalf. They will document your claim, file a demand with the at-fault party’s insurance company and negotiate a settlement. Although some cases require filing a lawsuit to compel the insurance company to cooperate, the majority of cases are settled before legal action becomes necessary.
Once the settlement check arrives, your attorney will calculate their expenses and fees, and then hand you a check for the balance of the settlement.
This makes it possible for you to pursue fair compensation for injuries you incur due to someone’s negligence. If a personal injury lawyer agrees to take your case, you should be encouraged. Attorneys rarely (if ever) accept cases they do not believe they can win.
What Are Personal Injury Case Contingency Fees?
A personal injury lawyer who agrees to take your case on a contingency fee basis is agreeing to collect legal fees only if they recover compensation for your damages.
Most lawyers base their contingency fee structure on a percentage of the total settlement, after deducting expenses. It’s common for attorneys to increase their percentage if it becomes necessary to file a suit and go to court, as this requires more time and resources than would be required to settle your case out of court.
What Expenses Come Out of My Personal Injury Settlement?
Ultimately, you could recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, compensation for pain and suffering, property damages and any other economic, physical or emotional damages you suffered as a result of your injury.
In most cases, your lawyer will cover all expenses related to your case, so you don’t have to worry about coming up with cash during this difficult time.
Some of the most common expenses that you may face are court costs, filing fees, shipping, mailing, reproduction of records, professional services and payments to subject matter experts and investigators. Your legal firm should explain any potential expenses you are responsible for in advance of taking your case.
The Symkoviak Law Firm offers a free consultation, to answer your questions and help you determine the next step. We have offices throughout northern Utah, and we service clients throughout the Salt Lake City area. Contact us today to learn more about how our personal injury lawyers can assist you.