Hiring a personal injury attorney can be a daunting process for people — especially when it comes to the “money question” and finding out how much the attorney will charge.
When you work with a personal injury attorney, it’s important to know the difference between attorney fees and attorney costs.
A fee is what an attorney charges for his or her time spent working on your personal injury matter. A cost is an expense an attorney incurs on your behalf, such as when they must pay a court filing fee for your legal matter.
Personal Injury Attorney Fees
Here at Fleming & Monroe, we work with our personal injury clients on a contingency basis. This means our fee is contingent on the outcome of your personal injury matter. If we don’t obtain any compensation for you — either via a judgment or settlement — you don’t pay Fleming & Monroe a fee for the time we spent on your case.
The upside for you: There’s no risk in hiring us as your attorney for a personal injury matter. If we don’t win your case, you don’t have to pay our attorney fee.
Contingency Fees Differ
When you set out to hire a personal injury attorney, it’s important to know that not all firms charge the same contingency fee. Most Phoenix-area personal injury attorneys charge a 33% contingency fee. Let’s look at the math on this example: If you receive a $100,000 personal injury settlement, the firm will charge you $33,000 in attorney fees.
Our firm only charges a 25% fee on most personal injury matters. In the $100,000 settlement example, our fee would only be $25,000. That means $8,000 more dollars in your pocket.
If Fleming & Monroe doesn’t win your personal injury case, you don’t have to pay our attorney fee.
Personal Injury Case Costs
When it comes to costs, there are a number of expenses that may be incurred throughout a personal injury matter. As I mentioned, there are filing fees — other costs could include a fee for obtaining your medical records or costs for copying documents and postage. In some personal injury matters, we will hire an expert to support your personal injury claim, and the expert will charge a fee.
These costs are all paid for by us upfront, and there are no out-of-pocket expenses that you must pay. After we win your personal injury claim and obtain the final judgment, our costs are reimbursed by the settlement.*
We keep track of the costs and provide an accounting to you that shows what expenses were incurred. And please know that we will always get these charges approved by you before we incur the costs.
We understand how insurance companies evaluate personal injury matters and use our “insider’s advantage” to obtain the best possible results for you.
How Our Professional Background Benefits You
My partner Jacob Fleming and I will do our best to maximize the amount we get for you in your personal injury matter. Both of our backgrounds include working in the insurance industry. We used to defend companies and individuals from all types of personal injury claims, including auto accidents, slip and falls, catastrophic injuries, dog bites and wrongful deaths.
Today, this insurance defense experience gives us a competitive advantage on how best to pursue insurance companies on your behalf. We understand how they evaluate personal injury matters and use our “insider’s advantage” to obtain the best possible results for our personal injury clients.
If you believe you have a personal injury case, we’d be happy to discuss your case with you in a free consultation that can be done by phone, video or in-person at our offices in East Mesa.
If you’d like to know what type of information we need for a personal injury matter, we cover this topic in Preparing for Your First Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney.
*If we don’t win your case, you will be responsible for the costs under the terms of our fee agreement with you.