When I get calls from prospective clients, one of the most common questions I get is “How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?”
If you’ve had a car wreck or traffic accident, what do attorney fees cost to recover damages? At Berenson Injury Law, hiring an attorney costs nothing unless we win for you. The insurance company for the at-fault party generally pays at least three times more than it would if the victim did not retain an attorney, so the attorney’s fee is built into the settlement. In other words, it is virtually free. And no out of pocket expenses are required.
Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid when and if we win. After recovering money, we are paid a portion of the settlement or verdict which is paid by the defendant or insurance company. And this law firm is one of the only ones that does not charge the client for internal expenses like photocopying, postage, deliveries, mileage, and other expenses that can mount up.
Our law firm doesn’t charge any up-front fees or retainer fees, and we don’t bill our clients based on hours we work. We’re paid based on the results.
Settlements often are negotiated with no need for a trial. Indeed, the majority of traffic accident cases are settled out of court, via negotiations between a law firm and an insurance company. If we are able to settle your case out of court, our fees are lower and you can often get your settlement in a matter of months rather than several years in court.
How much can your settlement be?
That depends on the circumstances of your case, including the extent of your injuries and who was at fault in the car crash. No two cases are the same.
In a trial, payments can involve “compensatory” as well as “punitive” damages.
Compensatory damages are meant to repay or compensate you for actual damages or monetary losses from a traffic accident. That means you’ll be paid for your medical bills, for your lost waves if your injury prevents you from working, and for your pain and suffering.
By contrast, punitive damages mean a defendant is punished to set an example. Such punitive or exemplary damages can be high, since they aren’t bound by the constraint of actual damages in a compensatory ruling. This way, especially bad drivers can be punished beyond the actual monetary losses.
In either case, attorney fees are limited to a pre-set portion of the settlement and are derived from that settlement. Attorney fees will not be paid out of your own pocket.
My firm offers free case evaluations with no obligation. Please call our office today at 817-885-8000 or fill out our online form to learn how we can help get you the money you deserve for your case.