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How Much Does a Car Accident Lawyer Cost? 

March 13, 2023

How Much Does a Car Accident Lawyer Cost? 

The effects of a car accident can be felt for a long time after the actual accident. Car accident victims not only have to deal with the physical and psychological trauma of the accident but also with the economic pressures that result from the accident. These economic pressures include enormous medical bills as well as not being able to work and earn a living during your recovery. Some car accident victims aren’t able to return to work again due to permanent disabilities. 

Recovering financial compensation for a car accident isn’t as easy as many think it is. Unless you’re a legal professional with experience in handling accident claims, you most likely don’t know your legal rights or understand the process of filing a car accident claim. Having the guidance and experience of an experienced car accident lawyer will greatly improve your chances of success. Your attorney will take up the bulk of the burden of pursuing compensation so you can focus on your recovery and picking up the pieces of your life. 

How Much Are Car Accident Attorney Fees? 

If you’re seeking compensation for a car accident, you may be concerned about the cost of hiring a car accident attorney. The cost of hiring a car accident attorney will vary depending on various factors including the attorney’s level of education, the firm’s reputation as well as the circumstances of your case. Their fees will cover legal advice, research or investigation, paperwork as well as representation at negotiations or court. 

It is important to discuss attorney fees with the attorney before you hire them. Many car accident attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Take advantage of free consultation to compare rates. 

How Car Accident Attorneys Charge for their Services 

Car accident attorneys will charge differently for their services. It is important to discuss how the attorney charges so you know what to expect. 

Contingency fees 

Most car accident attorneys charge a contingency fee.  This means that they do NOT get paid anything, unless and until you get money for your case. The amount that the attorney deducts will be agreed upon upfront. This allows you, no matter your financial position, to be able to afford an attorney to help with your case. If the attorney is unsuccessful in recovering compensation on your behalf, you do not have to pay their fees. 

Contingency fees plus a retainer 

There are some car accident attorneys that charge a contingency fee but require their clients to pay a retainer upfront. In this case, the lawyer holds the advance payment. If they recover compensation on your behalf, they will take the agreed upon percentage as the contingency fee minus what you have paid as a retainer. 

Hourly fees 

Some attorneys charge hourly fees. The lawyer will receive an hourly rate whether they succeed in recovering compensation or not. This hourly rate is based on market rates, the firm’s reputation as well as the lawyer’s experience. 

Flat fees 

In this case, you will pay a fixed fee for the lawyer’s services. The lawyer will receive their fee whether they recover compensation or not. The amount charged will depend on the complexity of the case as well as the lawyer’s reputation, skill level, and experience. 

Schedule a free consultation with our law firm to discuss your case and find out more about how much it costs to hire an attorney. We offer a free initial consultation for car accident victims. 

Contact a White Plains Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident Case in New York

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. represent clients injured because of car accidents in Westchester County and throughout NYC. Call (914) 809-9945 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 245 Main Street, Suite 510, White Plains, NY 10601, as well as offices in NYC.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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