Last Updated on November 16, 2020 by Theodore Spaulding
How Do Contingency Fees Work in Personal Injury Cases in Atlanta?
Hi, I am Ted Spaulding. I am an Atlanta personal injury trial lawyer with Spaulding Injury Law. So, here’s how contingency fees work in personal injury claims.
They are a percentage of whatever is recovered from a settlement or a verdict if your case is tried to a jury.
Now, they are different from the hourly fee structure that a lot of attorneys charge clients.
How Contingency Fees Benefit Personal Injury Victims in Atlanta
Gone are the days where you have to pay an attorney by the hour and pay them monthly where you’re getting invoiced and you’re having to pay them on each invoice every single month as your case goes along.
This is important because if you’re injured, you’re dealing with medical bills, you’re dealing potentially with lost wages, and to have to pay a lawyer by the hour monthly to pursue your claim can get very conversing for you and your family financially.
So, the system has created this contingency fee scenario where you don’t pay anything upfront to hire the personal injury lawyer in Atlanta.
They receive a percentage of what’s recovered, so they’re aligned with your interests to maximize what’s recovered from your case, and you pay it out at the end once moneys are received.
So, it’s the best of both worlds for both parties.
How Do Personal Injury Attorneys Handle Expenses Related to the Case?
Now, what you need to keep in mind is that the contingency fee is only covering the time and the expertise of the lawyer you’re hiring.
What’s also coming out of the settlement or verdict in most situations are any expenses that the firm covers for you. So, you want to make sure you understand.
Those are two different line items that are going to be coming out of the settlement or a verdict, and expenses are relatively small before a case is filed in court and obviously, they go up from there if you try your case, it’s going to be more expensive than it results before trial.
So, keep that in mind. Contingency things, fees are the best thing going, it allows you to focus on your recovery and worrying about compensating your attorney at the end, once you already know you’ve received something for your injuries.
Speak to An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta Today
If you have any particular questions or concerns about your case, how contingency fees work, feel free to reach out to me.
You can shoot me an email or you can go on our website, we have a contact form there. That is spauldinginjurylaw.com. Thank you so much for watching this video.
For close to 15 years, Mr. Spaulding has helped victims of negligence across the state of Georgia resolve personal injury disputes, and he’s received a remarkable number of awards and honors from the legal community recognizing his commitment to clients and to the metro-Atlanta area.
As an undergraduate, Mr. Spaulding belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity at the University of Georgia, and he obtained his legal training at the Georgia State College of Law, where he clerked for the Honorable Judge Rowland Barnes of the Fulton County Superior Court. Mr. Spaulding has also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Atlanta Enforcement Division. Since 2005, he has dedicated his career to helping the injured victims of negligence and their loved ones win justice in Georgia’s personal injury courts.