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Personal Injury Solicitors - Costs Associated With Obtaining One

By Edited May 2, 2015 0 1

One of the main factors to take into account when enlisting the expertise of one of the many personal injury solicitors is cost. There can be many different costs associated with someone of this specialty, but if you do your research correctly you can keep these fees to a minimum and you should not have to pay anything unless you win. Cost can come from out of pocket expenses, conditional fee agreements (CFA), contingency fees, the expertise, the knowledge, and the experience of the legal representation that you choose. After reading this article you should be able to formulate a list of questions to ask any potential personal injury claims solicitors upon your initial consultation. Knowing what questions to ask and what to look for will help you avoid any unexpected expenses later.

First, you will want to make sure that you obtain a lawyer that specializes in the field of law pertaining to your case and has many years of experience. This step should be taken to ensure that you are not paying for them to do research on the subject. You will want to have legal counsel that is well versed on the laws and medical terminology. You do not want someone who has to stop and do research every time an unexpected situation arises. This presents more of a problem when you have hired a lawyer at an hourly rate, but you will still want someone who is experienced and knows the law well.

Next you will want to ask questions about their billing methods and what type of fee basis they expect. For example, in a personal injury case you will generally want to find legal representation that will work on a contingency fee. This means that they do not expect to be paid any money unless you win your case. This is also referred to as a "No Win No Fee" payment plan. However, on a contingency fee basis, if you do win, you will probably be expected to pay your lawyer around 40 - 50% of your total rewards. Also, make sure that you sign on with a lawyer that does not charge their clients for any out of pocket expenses. You will more than pay for the cost of these expenses if you are on a contingency plan. It is also common practice for accident claim solicitors to work on a conditional fee agreement (CFA). This means that they will petition the court to make the opposing party pay for all fees and expenses. If the other party is found responsible for the events resulting in your injury, the court will order them to pay what they feel are reasonable expenses. They may not be ordered to pay the entire amount, but usually a personal injury lawyer will not bill you for the difference.

Thorough research and knowledge of the correct questions to ask has the potential to save you a ton of unexpected costs. Having an experienced lawyer, knowing about billing methods, percentage, fee agreements, and out of pocket expenses are all important contributions to cost. Now that you have read this article you should be able to feel confident in your ability to obtain representation without worrying that you may be hit later with unexpected costs.

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Feb 3, 2011 7:27pm
Mesriani_Law_Group
These are great tips for personal injury victims seeking compensation for their damages. It would be better if you write a followup for this article, this time about the steps victims should take in filing an injury claim.
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