Contingency fees are the most common form of payment arrangement for plaintiffs
seeking representation in personal injury matters. Attorneys who accept your
case on a contingency fee arrangement agree not to bill you on an hourly basis.
Instead, they accept a
percentage of the settlement or trial award, usually one-third if settlement
occurs before trial. If a matter is taken on a contingency fee
arrangement, then if you do not
recover any monies, our firm is entitled to nothing for its time working on your
case. Contingent fees give injured people, no
matter what their financial means, an even break in the courtroom against giant
corporations and insurance companies. Were it not for the contingent fee, people
of limited means would not be able to have their day
in court - a constitutional right which corporations and insurance companies
continue to fight hard to avoid, reduce, or eliminate from our
The "contingent" aspect of the fee means that if there is no recovery, there is
no attorney fee owed. There are a number of advantages to this type of fee
arrangement, the most obvious of which is the absence of a risk of owing
attorney's fees when there has been no recovery. It also means that our
incentive to be successful is very similar to our clients.
The percentage of the award charged on a contingency fee basis depends upon the
type of case. Our attorneys advise our clients up front of all applicable fees
and openly address any questions our clients may have. Although one case may
demand a higher percentage fee than another, all contingency fees are paid only
when there is a succesful settlement or jury verdict with monetary damages in
our client's favor.
Payment of Costs
As we manage your case, the Upstate Law Group, LLC will need to expend funds
on your behalf in order to position the case for settlement and/or trial.
Expenses run from fees to copy medical records, fees to file a lawsuit,
transcript fees, court reporter fees, expert witness fees, and many others. While our clients are ultimatley responsible for these costs, we
work with our clients to find a way to make litigating these matters affordable as well s beneficial.
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