Generally? Personal injury attorneys do not charge a consultation fee, but you should make sure of this before your initial consultation. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, where a fee is only charged when there is a recovery for the client in the form of a settlement or jury verdict.
Most attorneys who handle motor vehicle accident cases charge a fixed fee between 1/3 and 2/5 of the recovery. Attorneys who work on a contingency fee basis also advance costs related to the prosecution of the case for expenses such as: court filing fees, medical records and depositions. Usually these expenses are recovered only if the client wins the case. However, some Illinois personal injury attorneys collect the contingency fee only if the client wins, but expect the client to pay for the court costs and fees regardless of the outcome. Your fee agreement will explicitly state what you are responsible for paying.
A contingency fee agreement must be in writing and signed by all parties involved to assure that there is indeed a meeting of the minds. IRPC 1.5. The written agreement must state whether the client is responsible for related fees and expenses regardless of the outcome of the case. IRPC 1.5.
Why Hiring a Lawyer on a Contingency Fee Basis Makes Sense for Your Car Accident Case
When you hire a lawyer to represent you on a contingency fee basis, your interests and those of your attorney are very much on the same page as they will only receive a fee when they are successful in recovering compensation for you.
Additionally, from the perspective of an injured party, you need to appreciate the risk an attorney takes when representing a client on a contingency basis—when it comes to ‘costs’ involved in the prosecution of a case. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, where we handle a significant number of auto accident cases across Illinois, we regularly pay for client expenses such as:
- Police reports
- Medical bills
- Medical records
- Physician reports
- Expert witnesses
- Court costs
- Court reporters
While not every case incurs such expenses, we are prepared to invest any type of resource necessary to secure the most favorable outcome for you. Unfortunately, there is always some element of risk that there may not be a recovery. We accept these risks and do our best to investigate cases in the early stages that have a probability of a recovery. Nonetheless, the risk of no recovery is present on many cases and we are willing to accept the risk.
Are You Ready to Hire a Lawyer for Your Car Accident Case?
Hiring a lawyer to represent you in an accident case is a big deal and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. We respect your apprehension and are always happy to meet with you and your family at our office or your home so you can get to know us and we can answer any questions you may have about your case or the legal process. We want you to be happy with the lawyers you chose to represent you. Call us today and see how we can assist you.
For additional information see the following pages:
- Do I need to give a statement to an insurance company following an auto accident where I was injured?
- How long do you have to file a lawsuit for personal injuries related to a car accident arising in Chicago, IL?
- How long does it take to settle an Illinois car accident case involving injuries?
- I don’t understand why my car insurance needs to pay for injuries I sustained when another person caused the accident
- I was told the driver of the vehicle I was involved in an accident with had full coverage. What does that mean?
- I was unable to work for several months following my car accident; can I recover my lost wages?
- If the car was owned by a company, is the company responsible for paying my personal injuries?
- Is car insurance mandatory for drivers in Illinois?
- My health insurance company said they have subrogation rights related to my auto accident case. What does that mean?
- Can I pursue a claim on behalf of my son against my husband?
- My surgeon wants to put a lien on my car accident case. What is he doing?
- The driver I was involved in an accident with pleaded guilty in traffic court. What does that mean?
- The driver of the vehicle who caused my Chicago car accident was arrested for DUI. Can a claim be pursued for punitive damages?
- What type of monetary damages does the law provide for in automobile accident cases in IL?
- Why is the car insurance company denying my claim for property damage and medical expenses?