How much does an experienced car accident attorney cost? Here, we explain how lawyers charge their fees on a contingency basis, making it affordable to all.

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If you were hurt in a car accident in the Seattle area, an important decision you will have to make is whether to retain an attorney to negotiate your settlement with the negligent driver’s insurance company. This will have a big impact on whether you receive what you are entitled to in your settlement. Fortunately, the decision is an easy one. It is almost always in your best interest to hire a lawyer and you won’t owe any money up front because of the way most car accident attorneys, including Andrew Kim, charge their fees.

How Contingency Fee Agreements Work

A contingency fee agreement is the most common way attorneys charge their fees in car accident and other personal injury cases. Here's how these fee arrangements work:

  • You owe no money up front.
  • You only owe attorney fees if the attorney wins your case through a settlement or at a trial.
  • The attorney charges you a percentage of your settlement or jury award as his attorney fees.
  • The attorney fees are paid out of your settlement proceeds before you receive what you are owed.

In addition to attorney fees, you may also owe the costs of your case, which can include record copying fees, filing fee for your complaint, expert witness fees, and depositions. Some attorneys will require you to pay these fees as they accrue while others will pay these costs and deduct them from your settlement.

Cost Should Not Be the Only Factor When Choosing an Attorney

While the cost of an attorney will be a factor in your decision on which lawyer to retain, it should not be the sole basis of your decision. Other important questions to ask include:

  • What percentage of  the attorney’s practice is devoted to car accident cases?
  • What is the attorney’s track record of success in settling and trying these cases?
  • How well does the attorney communicate with you and does he explain things to you in a way you understand?
  • Do you feel the attorney is someone you can trust who will aggressively fight to protect your interests?
  • Will the attorney be available when you have questions about your case?

If you need to file a claim for compensation following a car accident, our experienced car accident attorneys are here to assist you. To learn about our experience in these cases, the fees that we charge, and your legal options, call our office today to schedule a free consultation.