How much it costs to hire a car accident lawyer depends on the agreement you make with your legal team. Many law firms (including ours) work on contingency, meaning payment is contingent on the outcome of your case.
If your case succeeds, you pay your lawyer a portion of your settlement or court award. If your case doesn’t succeed, you don’t pay their attorney’s fees.
The agreement you make with your car accident should be crystal-clear from the very beginning. That way, you know what to expect, and there are no surprises.
What Can You Expect from a Contingency-Fee Arrangement?
With a contingency-fee arrangement:
- You pay nothing up front.
- You don’t pay your lawyer out of pocket.
- Your lawyer finances all services needed to resolve your case until it’s over.
When a law firm takes your case, they’ll examine what goes into proving it. From there, they’ll write up an agreement that outlines their terms of payment, the basis of your contingency-fee arrangement, and other details.
As noted, your lawyer will take a portion of your settlement as payment for their help. This portion will come as a percentage based on the work your case requires. You will know about your payment plan from the outset of your partnership.
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What do You Mean My Lawyer will “Finance” My Case’s Services?
Your car accident case is more than filling out paperwork and talking to insurance representatives. Your lawyer may also need to consult with third-party field experts, like accident reconstruction specialists, to learn how your collision happened.
Consulting with specialists is not free. However, your lawyer will pay for their time and efforts while your case is pending. Other services your lawyer may finance include:
- Copies of certain documents, like the police report
- Discussions with healthcare professionals and economists
- Courtroom fees
- The time and efforts their staff puts into your case
Some Law Firms Charge Hourly Rates; We Don’t
Not every personal injury firm works on a contingency-fee basis. Instead, other firms may ask for payment up front. They might also charge you by the hour, billing you for each moment they spend on your case.
Our firm does neither of those things. We want to make legal aid accessible to injured claimants and their families.
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Your Lawyer will Calculate Their Rates Based on Your Case’s Requirements
Your lawyer may consider the following when determining their rates:
- Your case’s filing deadline. O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33 says you typically have two years to file your lawsuit. If a lawsuit is necessary and the deadline is close, your lawyer may work overtime to file it on time.
- Your case’s difficulties. Some car accident cases are open and shut. Others require lengthy investigations and expert testimony. Your lawyer wants to be compensated for their time, and you might see that in your contingency-fee arrangement.
- Their experience. A lawyer with 20 years in the field may charge more than a lawyer who’s just starting out.
- Your portion of fault. Georgia operates on a contributory negligence system, per O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33. So, if you contributed to the accident in any way, this will reduce your final settlement. Your lawyer will consider your portion of fault when evaluating your case.
When discussing payment with your lawyer, ask them for a breakdown of what you’ll be charged for. That way, you know what to expect.
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What Services Can I Expect from a Contingency-Fee Arrangement?
To complete your case, your lawyer will:
- Handle all communications with insurers
- Gather supporting evidence to bolster your case
- Interview eyewitnesses and field experts
- Negotiate a settlement
- Calculate your losses
- Determine the at-fault and liable parties
- File your lawsuit
Your Settlement or Court Award Could Pay for the Following
Your final award doesn’t only cover your attorney’s fees. It also may account for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Property damage expenses
- Lost commissions, benefits, tips, and bonuses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
Exploring Your Options Begins with a Free Case Review
Our law firm doesn’t just operate on contingency; we offer free case reviews. This complimentary service is a free discussion about your legal rights and options. During this conversation, you can ask us questions like:
- What is my case worth?
- How long will it take to settle my claim?
- What if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
- What results has your firm secured in the past?
- What can a car accident lawyer do for me?
- How much does it typically cost to hire your firm?
In Pain? Call Kaine Law
With decades of collective experience, our team is ready to fight for you. Whether the liable party is another driver or a larger entity, we’re prepared to secure compensation for your losses. Connect with Kaine Law now by dialing (404) 214-2001. You can discuss hiring our car accident lawyers to take your case.
You could hire our lawyers for a minor car accident or a severe display of negligence from the at-fault party.