What Does It Cost To Hire A Cumming, Ga Injury Lawyer

What Does It Cost To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

Nothing up front.  That is the short answer.  Georgia law allows personal injury lawyers to handle injury and wrongful death cases not for an hourly rate that is billed and paid monthly but instead on a contingency fee basis.  

Contingency Fee Arrangement

In the contingency fee arrangement, we do not charge anything up front and you do not pay for our time prosecuting your case while the case is ongoing.  Instead you pay our fees as a lump sum percentage of what is recovered for you at the end of the case.

         What Is The Percentage Charged

Our personal injury lawyers’ typical contingency fee is one-third (33 1/3%) of whatever is recovered before suit is filed and forty percent of what is recovered after suit is filed.  The exact rate depends on the nature of the case and will be agreed upon on a case-by-case basis after your initial consultation with one of our attorneys.

         What If You Lose Your Case At Trial

It is very rare for one of our cases generate no recovery for one of our clients, however, if that were to happen in your case you would not owe any contingency fee to the firm.  If we take on your case, we also take on the same risk you are taking in the pursuit of justice.  If you lose, we lose.  No fee is to be paid.

While you do not owe any fee to the firm for the attorney’s time and effort on your case, you may be required to reimburse the firm for any up front expenses of litigation the firm paid on your behalf.  Please read the next section to learn more regarding case expenses.

Other Amounts Owed At The End Of The Case

Separate from the contingency fee is the costs associated with prosecuting your case.  These expenses will be paid for by the firm while the case is active.  We will keep a running invoice of all expenses paid for regarding your case.  These expenses will be reimbursed by you through your settlement or award at trial separate from the contingency fee.

          What Are “Case Expenses” Considered?

Pre-suit, case expenses paid for by the firm on your behalf are typically just the costs associated with receiving all of your medical records and bills from each of your providers.  Typically, pre-suit expenses are as low as just a few hundred dollars.  

Other pre-suit expenses would include the cost to hire an expert to opine in an area necessary to convince the insurance company that it should settle your case before a lawsuit is filed.  Expert fees at this stage typically run a few thousand dollars per expert. 

Once suit is filed, as you can imagine, your case expenses increase quickly.  It costs several hundred dollars in court fees to file and serve your lawsuit on the defendant(s).  Then there are the costs to take the depositions of witnesses and the defendant(s).  Each of these costs at least eight hundred dollars.  Next there will likely be expert fees.  Finally, there will be expenses to get the case prepared for trial (trial exhibits, witness fees to testify etc.) if your case does not settle beforehand.  

          Do You Still Owe This Amount If You Lose Your Case 

Were you to lose your case, the firm may require that you still reimburse it for all expenses paid on your behalf during the litigation of your case.  

This fee and expense system is set up to help injury victims seek legal representation.  The last thing you want to worry about after being in injured due to the recklessness of another is how you are going to afford to hire a lawyer to help you seek the compensation you need.  By not having to come out of pocket one dollar before your case is concluded, you are free to focus on your recovery.

If you have any questions about what it costs to hire one of our attorneys for your injury case, please give one of us a call at (770) 887-3162.