November 26, 2020
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
By Jonathan Damashek
Most personal injury lawyers charge a contingent fee, which means their legal fees are dependent upon what you recover in a settlement or court verdict. Personal injury law firms typically take a certain percentage of your winnings for attorney’s fees and also deduct court costs and other legal fees.
If you have questions about your personal injury case, we can answer them. We will be open about how much we charge in cases and what are typical legal fees are in these types of claims. Call Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. today at (212) 490-5700 or use our online contact form.
How Much Does HKD Charge in a Personal Injury Case?
The law firm of Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. does not charge any legal fees unless we win. That means you will not owe us anything unless you get a settlement or court verdict in your favor.
We make sure our legal fees are fair, and you will still be able to cover all of your damages after we take our portion.
What Types of Legal Fees and Costs Will an Attorney Take Money For?
Lawsuits can be very expensive. We will cover all of the costs up front. You won’t have to pay anything unless you win. Some of the costs we will provide include:
- Court costs and filing fees
- Expert witness fees
- Deposition costs
- Expenses of gathering evidence and consulting with professionals
- Obtaining police reports
- Administrative expenses
- Cost of obtaining medical records
Attorney fees will be deducted from your settlement or verdict, and you will not owe anything until then.
How Much Are Court Costs?
Court costs include a fee for filing your complaint, which is typically between $100 and $400. We will also have to pay to have a lawsuit served on the defendant or defendants, which can cost $100 or more depending on which method we use.
Transcripts of court hearings and testimony given in court can cost several hundred dollars as well. We will need these when filing motions and submitting an appeal, if necessary.
Expert Witness Fees
Expert witnesses are expensive. However, their reconstruction of your accident or testimony can mean winning or losing a case. It can also significantly impact the amount of money you get in your settlement or verdict.
We might only use an expert witness to review the evidence and submit a written statement. This can cost as much as $400 per hour. However, if the expert witness needs to come to court and testify, they can cost even more. Often, expert witnesses make up the bulk of your expenses in complicated cases.
How Much Should I Expect in Legal Fees and Costs?
Other legal fees and costs can really add up. They may be thousands of dollars, especially if you use expert witnesses and end up going to trial. That’s why it’s good to work with an attorney who will pay these expenses on your behalf until a settlement or verdict is obtained.
Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek Will Only Charge You Necessary Fees
At HKD, we are careful about how much we charge our clients because we know you need as much money as possible to cover all of your expenses. We start by taking care of all the up-front costs and not charging you a dime until you win your case. Then, we will discuss a fair percentage of your settlement or verdict. You will be aware of how much we will deduct from your recovery at all steps of the process.