Herndon, VA asked in Medical Malpractice for Virginia

Q: When an attorney takes a case on contingency, do they usually get paid more than if they do it on an hourly rate?

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Richard Maxwell Volin
Richard Maxwell Volin
  • Falls Church, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: If you are asking whether an attorney that WINS a contingency case gets paid more than if the attorney had simply taken the case on an hourly basis, then the answer is: It depends on the math. A quick win requiring very few hours would probably result in a contingency fee higher than the hourly rate the attorney could have collected. On the other hand, if the case takes a long time to litigate and win, then the attorney may have been better off charging his/her hourly rate.

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