Are you worried that you can’t afford to hire a truck accident attorney? Most lawyers charge on a contingency fee basis. Here’s how this fee arrangement works.

How much does a truck accident attorney cost?

 

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If you were injured in a truck accident in the Seattle area, you may realize that you are not qualified to negotiate your own settlement. However, you may worry that you cannot afford to retain an experienced truck accident attorney. Fortunately, you can put these concerns aside because most attorneys charge their fees on a contingency basis.

What Are Contingency Fees?

Most lawyers who handle personal injury cases, such as car and truck collision claims, work on a contingency fee basis. Here is how this fee agreement works:

  • You owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
  • Your attorney is only owed money if he settles your case or wins at a trial.
  • Your attorney is paid a portion of your settlement as his attorney fees. The amount would be a percentage of what you receive, and it would be deducted off the top of your settlement award before you receive what you are owed.

It is important to understand the costs of pursing your claim, which are different from the attorney fees. Here are common costs associated with truck collision claims:

  • Medical records and other record copying fees
  • Expert witness fees
  • Court filing fees for a lawsuit and any necessary motions
  • Deposition costs, which include the fee charged by the court-reporter for attending the deposition and the transcription costs

Some lawyers will require clients to pay these costs up front while others will deduct them from the settlement proceeds. Be certain that you know how your attorney will charge you for these additional expenses.

Look for an Experienced Attorney

While how much an attorney charges should be a consideration in who you pick, it should not be the sole factor in your decision. It is crucial to retain an attorney experienced in handling truck accident cases, who has successfully settled and tried many cases, and who communicates well with you.

Do you need help filing your claim following a truck accident? Take advantage of our free consultation to learn about our extensive experience in these cases, the fees that we charge, and how we will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve. Call our office to schedule your appointment today.