Saint Paul, MN asked in Personal Injury for Minnesota

Q: In Minnesota, what is the maximum %, that an attorney may receive in a personal injury case?

In my lawsuit, a settlement was reached, out of court, in the amount of $10,000, I will only receive $5,000. I feel cheated. Am I wrong? Thx

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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A: Is that the fee or fee and costs or fee and costs and medical liens? Look at the breakdown. In a workders compensation case I believe the maimum is 25% If not workers compensation you will want to check with the bar association but first read your own fee agreement.

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne
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  • St. Louis Park, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Receiving $5,000 does not necessarily mean that your attorney took 50%, which would be high for a settlement. Your attorney likely incurred certain costs and expenses in pursuing your case. These fees might include arbitration fees, records requests, expert testimony, the rendering of medical opinions, travel, printing, etc. There may have also been a subrogation claim in your case. The best thing to do is check your retainer and ask your attorney to explain the fees to you. If you received $5,000 of a $10,000 settlement and medical bills existed that were paid from that settlement, then I would say you did VERY well.

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