Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that the client does not pay any fees or expenses upfront. The fees and expenses are paid from the gross recovery of the injury case.
At Hong & Sessions Law Firm, our attorney fees are aligned with this contingency fee structure.
In Georgia, a lawyer representing a personal injury client will typically charge 1/3 or 33.33% of the gross recovery if the case settles before a lawsuit is filed, and 40% of the gross recovery if a lawsuit is filed. Further, any expenses that were paid.
For example, if a personal injury case in Gwinnett is settled for $300,000 before a lawsuit is filed, the attorney fee would be $100,000. If a lawsuit had been filed, then the attorney fee would be $120,000.
It may seem that lawyers receive a high amount in fees to represent these injury cases, however, it is usually difficult to recover high amounts without a lawyer representing you. Oftentimes, we’ve had clients that have represented themselves and come to us with a very low offer but as soon as we let the insurance company know of our representation, the offer will increase significantly. This is mainly due to the fact that, now, you have a lawyer and if we believe we can do better at a trial, we will move forward, and in turn, this will cost the insurance company a lot more money. Thus, it would be in their interest to give more in order to avoid costly litigation.
In addition to lawyer’s fees, there are case expenses that will be paid through your gross recovery. These expenses include bills that doctors and medical facilities charge to gather your bills and medical records. Your lawyer pays for these bills on your behalf. If a lawsuit had been filed, then the expenses can also include court filing fees, court reporter fees, and expert fees. Thus, expenses are usually higher when a lawsuit is filed.
It is important to find a lawyer that will tell you the bottom line. If a lawsuit is filed but you only receive a little more than a pre-lawsuit but incur a lot more expenses, then it would be beneficial for you to take the offer pre-lawsuit. Well-experienced lawyers like Soo Hong and Ben Sessions can evaluate your case and give you the advice that you need to recover the most amount for your case.
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, contact the lawyers at Hong & Sessions Law Firm at 678-691-3305 for a free consultation.