Q: How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Most of the time a personal injury lawyer gets paid from the recovery they get for you from the person who injured you. Standard fee is a third of the recovery, but different cases can result in different fees. Usually the recovery comes from the other side's insurance.
In my experience, having a good lawyer handle your case will increase the value of your case more than enough for the lawyer to pay for him or herself. In other words, even after the attorney's fee, you will almost certainly get more money in your pocket if an attorney handles the case than if you do it yourself or trust the insurance company.
Nothing upfront or to review your claim. If the case is taken on by the law firm, then the most typical fee arrangement is called a Contingency Fee, which is where the firm takes a percentage out of the money the collect on your behalf. The Standard rate is 33% with escalation clause to 40% or even 45% depending on if a lawsuit needs to be filed or the case brought through active litigation.
You should speak to an attorney about your options and you should not be charged for the case review.
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