Legal Toolkit Florida Injury and Accidents

What to Expect About Injury and Accidents

a

Injury and Accident attorneys will typically charge on a "contingency" basis which means you are not required to pay them an hourly fee and instead they will take a percentage of the final monetary award in your case. The percentage they take generally depends on whether they can reach a settlement on your case before filing a lawsuit. Injury and Accident attorneys will also generally advance the costs necessary in bringing your claim and will be reimbursed for those costs from the final monetary award in your case.

b

If cases can be settled pre-suit, Injury and Accident attorneys will typically charge 33 1/3 % of the client’s settlement proceeds plus the attorneys will be reimbursed for the costs they advanced on the client’s behalf in bringing the claim. If cases can’t be settled and suit must be filed the attorney fees will typically be 40% of whatever financial award the client receives plus they will have to reimburse the attorney for the costs advanced on their behalf in bringing the lawsuit.

c

Attorneys generally advance the costs necessary for the client to bring the claim/lawsuit. These expenses typically include copying charges, long-distance phone charges, postage, faxes, court filing fees, the cost of court reporters, expert witness fees, medical report fees, and other expenses associated with handling your case.

d

Attorneys are required to provide clients with a written fee agreement. Fee agreements help to clarify what you will be charged for, when you are expected to pay your invoices, and what you should do if you have a concern about fees.