HOW MUCH DOES AN ATTORNEY COST FOR A CAR ACCIDENT INJURY CASE?
A person who is injured in a Minnesota car crash can usually hire a lawyer on the basis of a contingent fee – most often a 1/3 contingent fee. That is how our firm charges in most case.
This means that the person who has suffered the injury does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees up front, and does not receive bills for hourly work by our lawyers. Instead, the client only pays us when their car crash claim is resolved and money has been recovered for them – the fee is paid out of the settlement. 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.
For example, there are a few cases every year where our lawyers start working on a car accident case that later turns out to not allow a claim because our client’s injuries heal well. Minnesota has a “threshold” requirement for a car accident injury settlement which they did not meet. If that happens, we charge no costs or fees, i.e. there is no cost to the client.
However, we still take these cases because our lawyers have also had many situations where our client initially does not seem to have a significant injury, but 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 of 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 we incurred 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.