How much does it cost to hire a lawyer to represent me in a personal injury case arising out of an Illinois auto accident?

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Lawyer 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
  • Photographs
  • 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.

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Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own.
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