How much lawyers charge for accident claims depends on several factors. In general, you can expect to pay between 33% of your payout plus any costs advanced on your behalf if we are able to settle before filing a lawsuit. If we have to file a lawsuit the fees will increase to 40% plus costs. These fees are standard for any law firm that handles this type of case.
However, it is important to note that the great majority of Florida accident attorneys never expect you to pay attorney fees out of your pocket. You are already struggling with medical bills and other losses while missing work because of your injuries. You should expect your attorney to commit the necessary financial resources to your case and only receive attorney fees in return once they secure compensation for you.
Personal Injury Attorneys Work on a Contingency Basis
The vast majority of personal injury lawyers practicing in Florida do not charge a retainer for their services and representation. Unlike some other types of cases where you must pay thousands of dollars upfront to secure the attorney and their services, personal injury representation is usually based on contingency.
The attorney’s team reviews your case for free. It determines if you have the evidence to build a case and hold the other driver liable. If so, they will likely offer to accept your case on a contingency fee basis. This means they will work on your case without you paying them anything upfront. They will also advance costs on your behalf to pay for things like medical records, expert witness fees, and court costs.
Contingency fees mean that the attorney’s fees and costs advanced on your behalf are contingent on their ability to build a case and recover compensation for you. They only receive their payment after the insurance company or the liable party submits the check to cover your insurance settlement or court award. If the attorney fails to recover compensation for you, they will not get paid for their attorney’s fees or the costs advanced on your behalf. The bottom line is that you will owe them nothing unless they win your case.
Learning How Much Your Attorney Will Charge for Your Accident Claim
You should know how much lawyers charge for accident claims before you sign on for representation. The lawyer should present you with a written contract that describes the fees and costs clearly. The lawyer should also be willing to answer all your questions.
At Distasio Law Firm, we believe our clients should understand how our fees work and what they will pay for our services. We always discuss our contracts with our potential clients and ensure they feel comfortable before signing. We are also available to answer any questions that may come up about our fee structure later on.
Contact Us Today to Learn More About How We Can Help
While the Florida statute of limitations on personal injury cases, Florida Statute § 95.11, gives you up to four years to file an injury lawsuit and two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit in your accident case, we at Distasio Law Firm like to get started early. An early start allows us the time to build a strong claim for compensation, hold the liable party accountable, and recover compensation long before this deadline arrives.
If we decide to work together on your case, we will collect evidence and build a strong argument to recover compensation for damages that may include:
- Current and future medical care costs
- Ongoing care and support expenses
- Current and future lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Additional expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
- Wrongful death damages for qualifying family members per Florida Statute § 768.21
We handle all of our personal injury cases based on contingency, so you will never need to worry about paying us out of your own pocket. We know that the period after an accident can bring immense financial stress because of your related expenses, bills, and inability to work because of your injuries and treatment.
We will focus on proving your case and holding the at-fault party accountable, and only then will we collect attorney fees for our services.
Speak with an Attorney About Your Florida Accident Case Today
In addition to handling all personal injury and accident cases based on contingency, our team offers free case reviews to accident victims. You can speak with a member of our team about the merits of your case today at no cost. We will discuss your injuries, the cause of your accident, and other related factors, including explaining your rights and discussing our fee schedule if you are interested.
If we agree to work together on your case, our team will commit the necessary financial support and resources to develop your case and file your claim or take the case to trial, as needed. We will only get paid from the compensation we secure in your case.
Call Distasio Law Firm now at (813) 259-0022 to get started.