Breaking Down the Costs of a Car Accident Case

Car Accident Lawyer

If you were in a car accident and you know that the other driver was at fault or at least mostly at fault, you may have a right to file a claim against him or her. Even if the case is straightforward to you, it doesn’t mean that it will be for the other side. The defendant may choose to claim that he or she wasn’t at fault. Insurance companies may also try to decrease the settlement you deserve.

To receive compensation, you should always hire a car accident lawyer. You may wonder how much a car accident lawyer will set you back. The following will help break down the cost for you.

Lawyer Fees

When people think about high lawyer fees, they often think about criminal defense lawyers. Unlike criminal defense lawyers, civil attorneys generally work for a contingency fee. The fee is taken out of your settlement at the end of the case. You do not pay your lawyer anything if he or she doesn’t recover money through your case.

When you first meet your lawyer, you don’t usually have to worry about any payment. The reason for the contingency fee is that it makes the lawyer put your needs ahead of theirs. Your win is also their win. With all of the expenses from your car accident, it also means that you don’t have to worry about costs until you have the settlement to pay them. In most cases, the fee is about 33.3%.

Case Expenses

There are some other costs that you may need to pay at the end of the trial. Some lawyers ask you to reimburse them at the end, but others don’t. These costs include:

  • Costs for medical records
  • Court costs
  • Administrative costs
  • Expert witness fees

Typically, you won’t have to worry about any of these costs until the case is finished. When you hire a lawyer, he or she will go over the type of payment accepted and how he or she wants you to pay any fees.

You never pay more than your settlement amount and you never pay until after you receive a settlement. If for some reason, you do not receive a settlement, your lawyer does not receive payment either. To find out more about filing a claim against another driver, set up a consultation with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Most lawyers provide a free consultation!

Contact an auto accident lawyer

If you were recently involved in a car accident in New Jersey, consider contacting a car accident lawyer for immediate legal assistance. Cohen and Cohen Attorneys specialize in this area of law and are familiar with state-specific laws pertaining to auto accidents.

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