- August 15, 2011
- In personal Injury
Most Orange County personal injury attorneys charge based on a contingency fee agreement. This means that their ability to collect a fee will be contingent on the outcome of your case- in other words, the attorney will not receive a fee unless you receive a favorable settlement or jury verdict.
Note, however, that there are certain out-of-pocket costs you will have to pay regardless of the case outcome. These include fees for doctors to write medical reports, the costs of making photocopies of case files, and court filing fees if your case progresses to litigation.
If your case is resolved in your favor, your Orange County personal injury attorney will get to keep some percentage of the settlement or court award, which you will have agreed on ahead of time. The law actually requires a written contract which specifies the fee so that there will be no misunderstanding after the fact. This law is meant to protect both you and your attorney.
It is important to know how much your attorney will be paid and how he will be paid. Typically, the insurance company will send a check to your attorney, who will make sure that any outstanding expenses are paid. For example, the doctors or hospitals who treated your injury may have agreed to hold off on collecting payment until after your case was settled. It is up to your attorney to make sure they get what they are owed. Then the attorney will deduct his fee, and send you a check for the remainder of the settlement or verdict amount.
For a free evaluation of your injury case, please call Orange County personal injury attorney Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084.