The “contingent” aspect or the fee means that, if there is no recovery, there is no attorney fee owed. There are a number of advantages to this type of arrangement, the most obvious of which is the absence of a risk of owing our firm a fee when there has been no recovery. Another important advantage is the security that the client should feel knowing that we have the same incentive as that of the client. The fact that we are willing to handle a client’s case on a contingent-fee basis is a reflection of the confidence in our ability to obtain a recovery in the case.
The percentage to be charged on a contingent-fee case depends, to a large extent, on the type of case. In automobile-accident cases, a contingent fee of one-third (1/3) of the recovery is common. Medical and Legal malpractice cases and other more complex cases are often handled on a higher percentage basis, because they frequently consume substantially greater amounts of attorney time and resources. Contingency fees are paid at the conclusion of a case, and only if there is a recovery.
PAYMENT OF COSTS
In connection with handling your case, it is virtually certain that we will expend funds on your behalf to position the case for settlement and/or trial. Some of the expenses are fees to copy medical records, fees to file a lawsuit, transcript fees, court-reporter fees, expert-witness fees, and many others. In complex cases, out-of-pocket costs to prepare the case for trial can run into tens of thousands of dollars. In most cases, we will advance all fees to you so as to enable you to continue with your case through trial.
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