How Much will a Car Accident Attorney Cost Me?
At the Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg, we believe everyone should be able to pursue their car accident claim, even if they cannot afford to pay an attorney upfront. Our clients do not pay for attorney fees out of pocket, and we only collect fees when our clients win and are awarded damages.
Contingency Fee Agreements
Most car accident victims enter into a contingency fee agreement with their attorney. This means that the client will pay nothing for legal representation until they obtain a settlement or judgment.
In a contingency fee arrangement, an attorney is taking on a substantial risk. It may be possible that after spending months or years on your case, an attorney will not earn anything because his or her client does not ultimately recover damages. Thus, if an attorney is willing to take on your case, it is a good sign that you have a strong case and will likely be able to recover compensation.
In a contingency fee agreement, the attorney takes a percentage of the amount recovered in the case. Typically, an attorney will get 33.3% of the total recovery if the case is resolved before litigation, or what is called pre-litigation. If a case is resolved after the lawsuit is filed and litigation begins, the attorney’s fees are generally 40% of the total settlement or judgment in the case.
What About Costs and Expenses?
In order to pursue a lawsuit, there are substantial costs and expenses involved. Do not worry, the Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg will front those costs and expenses for you. You will not be required to pay these costs out of pocket. For example, typical costs and expenses associated with a personal injury case include filing fees, court costs and fees, court reporter fees for depositions, expert witness fees, investigation expenses, and the costs of obtaining your medical records and billing.
These costs can add up quickly, so it is important to understand if you will be required to pay fees as they become due or if they will be deducted from any amount you later receive. At the Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg, we front these costs for you so that you are not burdened with paying these costs out of pocket.
Why Do You Need an Attorney?
After hearing about the costs and fees associated with your car accident case, you may be wondering if you can handle a car accident case yourself. If you have sustained moderate to severe bodily injury, it is important that you hire an attorney so you can maximize your recovery.
If an insurance company is quick to offer you what seems like a good settlement right away, be sure to have an attorney review it before signing any paperwork. Insurance companies may try and limit their liability by making an unreasonably low settlement offer in hopes that you will simply accept it and move on.
An attorney will fully pursue your case by retaining experts and presenting your case in a way that highlights the full extent of the damage caused to you both physically and emotionally. At the Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg, we fight not only to get you compensated for your medical bills and expenses, but also for the pain, suffering, anxiety and inconvenience an accident causes you to endure. Experts may testify to fault in the accident, your medical treatment, the impact the accident has on your state of mind, or the financial impact the accident has had on you. While these experts do charge fees, their testimony can be much more valuable to your case. Our firm has a network of expert witnesses that have helped many of our clients obtain excellent results and will be able to testify in your case as well.
A skilled car accident attorney knows the value of your case and will not settle for less. These are just a few of the advantages clients represented by skilled personal injury attorneys receive.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
You have a limited amount of time to file your lawsuit in California. Most car accident cases involving bodily injury must be filed within two years of the accident or else they will be dismissed by the court.