If you’ve never hired a personal injury attorney before, you may have questions about how it works: cost, timing, and all the other details of resolving a personal injury case. Hiring an attorney can be intimidating. Many people only have to do it a few times in their entire lifetime.
Here are some frequently asked questions about hiring a lawyer.
What will it cost to hire an experienced personal injury attorney?
Almost all personal injury law firms charge a contingency fee in lieu of an hourly fee. This contingency fee is a percentage of the settlement or judgment amount that is paid after the money is collected.
By charging this way, an injured client doesn’t have to pay anything upfront and, the attorneys only get paid if the case is successful.
The percentage of the contingency fee depends upon factors such as the complexity of the matter and whether or not the case reaches trial. For a simple case that settles, the fee is often one-third of the settlement and reimbursement of administrative expenses. For more complicated cases and those that go to trial, the fee can be 40% to 50% and reimbursement for court costs and litigation expenses.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
Every personal injury claim is a unique situation. It will depend on your medical bills, the severity of your injuries, lost wages, and other factors such as insurance company and coverage, opposing counsel, court venue, and a myriad of other elements. There may be long-term impact on your life that is not known until treatment progresses. It’s not easy to provide an estimate in advance.
Do you handle my kind of case?
We represent clients on a wide variety of legal issues, including immigration, criminal cases, workers’ compensation claims, and personal injury cases. If you’ve been injured - at work, on someone’s property, in a vehicle, or in a public place - you should contact us.
What exactly is a personal injury?
Many people immediately think of the traditional forms of personal injury like car accidents and slip-and-falls. However, there are many other kinds of personal injuries that you may suffer, including defective products, medical malpractice, dog bites, and assault. If you’re not sure whether your situation qualifies as a personal injury, all you have to do is ask our legal team.
What if I’m not a permanent resident or U.S. citizen?
We have a long history of helping injured people, regardless of their immigration status. Our priority is always to protect your rights. Don’t let anything hold you back from contacting our experienced attorneys for a free consultation.
How long will my case take?
It’s always difficult to predict how long a case will take from start to finish. It is complicated. For example, in an auto accident case, the timing depends on the type of accident, when and where it took place, and how serious the injuries were. In some cases, we will need to secure witness and expert testimony. No matter what, the priority is to ensure that you have a chance to heal. We’ll advance your case as quickly as possible despite any challenges.
Will I have to go to court?
Some cases never require you to set foot inside a courtroom. Others may involve lengthy court battles with multiple appearances. It depends entirely on your situation.
Why should I hire a personal injury attorney?
A personal injury attorney looks out for your interests, especially during the stressful period after an injury occurs. You can trust your attorney to handle all the paperwork involved, negotiate workers’ compensation benefits on your behalf if applicable, and relieve your burden of worrying about what’s next. This means you can focus on recovering from a traumatic event and end up in the best situation possible in the long run.
Michael Brooks-Jimenez, PC is a law firm that offers a wide variety of legal services, including criminal, immigration, workers’ compensation, and personal injury. Schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys and we’ll answer every question you have about your legal situation.
We’ve won more than $50 million for our clients.