Car accidents happen. The aftermath is almost more hassle to deal with than the actual accident. While you don’t want to have to deal with the aftermath of the car accident, it is important that you do. If you need to call your insurance company, hire a lawyer or whatever it may be, don’t put it off.
You should consider hiring a lawyer if you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault. If you do need to hire a lawyer, understand the cost of it, so you aren’t caught with any surprises.
Types of Fees
Not all lawyer’s fees work the same. There are common types of fees the majority of lawyers use. These types are hourly, retainer and contingency.
Hourly fees can quickly add up. Before you agree to working with an attorney who charges at an hourly rate, ask for an estimate of the total time expected to spend on the entire case. You don’t want to be charged much more than you thought going into it.
A retainer is an agreement between the client and attorney. The cost is paid upfront and will contain information both parties agree on. Typically, the information included is payment schedule, corresponding client actions, attorney services provided, explanation of diffusing the relationship if incongruous.
Most lawyers have their cases based on contingency fees. This means if your case is won, your attorney will take an amount from what you settled with the auto insurance company. This varies by state and attorney, but it typically ranges anywhere from 33 to 40 percent.
Hiring a personal injury attorney can get quite expensive rather quickly. At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, we care about our clients are will help you receive fair compensation so you can recover and spend time with your family. If you have been in a car accident in Salt Lake City, don’t hesitate to call us today.