HOW MUCH DOES AN ATTORNEY COST FOR A CAR ACCIDENT INJURY CASE?
A person injured in a Minnesota car crash can usually hire a lawyer on a contingent fee. This means that the person who has suffered the injury does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees up front. There are also no bills for hourly work by our lawyers.Instead, the client only pays when their car crash claim is resolved and money has been recovered for them. Any fee is only paid out of the settlement.
In most cases the contingent fee is 1/3 of the settlement.That is how our firm charges in most cases. If no money is recovered, the client does not owe any legal fees or expenses.Some MN law firms require an upfront deposit for costs and even a base fee, but our firm does not.
SERIOUS CAR ACCIDENT INJURY
There are some cases every year where our lawyers start working on a car accident case that later turns out to not allow a claim. For example, if our client’s injuries heal quickly and well. Minnesota has a ‘threshold’ requirement for a car accident injury settlement which they may not meet. If that happens, we don’t even charge costs or fees, i.e. there is no cost to the client.
However, our lawyers still take these cases where the client may end up not having a claim. This is because sometimes when the client initially does not seem to have a significant injury, it later becomes more serious. For this reason, we recommend that you contact us soon after your accident. It allows our lawyers to prepare your case and guide you along the way while your injury is properly assessed. There is no risk to you in hiring a car accident lawyer this way, because if you don’t get a settlement, you don’t pay any legal fees.
NO UPFRONT FEES NO PAYMENT UNTIL SETTLEMENT
Unlike some law firms, we also pay for all our clients’ costs until their case is resolved. These costs may include obtaining medical records and doctors’ reports, court filing fees, deposition costs, and investigation costs. We are only reimbursed these costs when money is recovered at the end of the case. However, if there is no recovery for you, we do not send you a bill for the costs on your case – we write that off.
For each client, we put our contingency fee agreement in writing. The agreement is signed by the client and the injury attorney, and the client gets a copy of the agreement right from the beginning.