How Do Contingency Fees Work for Personal Injury Claims?
Our Philadelphia Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Explain Attorney Fees
Since your ability to get the compensation you lawfully deserve should not depend on your economic or financial situation, our law firm charges attorney fees on a contingency basis. This means that you pay nothing until the conclusion of your case. We will front the fees and expenses associated with filing your claim. Then, if we secure a successful verdict or settlement on your behalf, you pay us a portion of that amount. If your case is unsuccessful, then you do not owe us any attorney fees at all. This system allows you to get the aggressive, experienced representation you deserve, no matter your circumstances.
Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., is not your average personal injury law firm. We focus on complex, catastrophic personal injury cases, so we know how very costly a life-altering injury can be. Thus, we work on contingency fees so that you can get the compensation you need to secure your future, regardless of your financial situation.
How Do Contingency Fees Work?
Injuries are expensive, especially life-changing catastrophic injuries. Victims may face hundreds of thousands of dollars in immediate medical bills. Weeks or months of lost wages and other expenses only make this financial burden worse. Considering these costs, you may have little money left over to pay for a lawyer.
Filing and fighting a personal injury claim can also be expensive. This is especially true for claims involving catastrophic injuries, such as brain trauma, spinal cord injury or extensive burns. Depending on the circumstances, your case may require testimony by medical experts or specialists in other fields. Accident reconstructionists, economists and life care experts may also be necessary.
However, when our attorneys take on a case, we usually cover the upfront costs of a claim for you. We focus on complex, catastrophic personal injury claims and use our resources to cover the expense of research, expert depositions and necessary preparation. For example, we once represented a parking garage collapse case that involved 250 expert depositions and the review of 1.5 million documents. After four years of litigation, our law firm settled that claim for $101 million.
At the conclusion of your claim, you pay a portion of your successful settlement or verdict as attorney fees and expenses. If we do not obtain a favorable verdict or settlement, then you owe us nothing.
What is the Difference Between Fees and Expenses?
Attorney fees are the labor costs for the attorneys and their staff members. These fees are equivalent to a wage or salary you pay for the lawyer’s work. On the other hand, expenses are costs paid to third parties associated with litigating your personal injury lawsuit. Expenses can include:
- Expert witness costs. This includes the fees charged by medical experts, economists and other specialist witnesses for their services.
- Accident reconstruction expenses. Your attorney may hire an accident reconstructionist to provide a visual representation of the sequence of events.
- Cost of obtaining records. Often, hospitals and other businesses charge fees for copies of medical records, police reports and other documentation.
- Court filing fees. If you file a lawsuit, the court may charge a fee for filing and processing the paperwork.
- Travel costs. This may include travel expenses for your attorneys and/or expert witnesses.
You do not pay these fees and expenses upfront; we cover these costs for you. If our attorneys secure compensation on your behalf, then our fees and expenses are paid as a percentage of the settlement or verdict. In the event that we are unsuccessful with your case, you owe us nothing for expenses or attorney fees.
Questions about Attorney Fees? Learn More from a Free Consultation
The Philadelphia catastrophic personal injury attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing upfront during your case and we only collect attorney fees from a successful verdict or settlement. Our attorneys are happy to discuss these payment arrangements with you and can answer any questions you may have in a free initial consultation.
We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Call (866) 569-3400 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free review today.