Are fees and costs taken out of a settlement or award?

Yes. Most personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis, which means that the lawyer is paid with a percentage of the settlement or award after a case is concluded.

The advantage to contingency fees is that clients pay nothing up front, meaning that clients can get representation even if they do not have the resources to pay attorney’s fees or court fees. In addition, attorneys who work on contingency are motivated to only accept a case if they believe that the case has a strong chance of success, since they are only paid for winning cases.

The fees and costs taken out of a settlement are determined on a case-by-case basis, but they will include the attorney’s fees and any litigation costs advanced by the attorney. The attorney and client will sign an agreement regarding compensation at the start of the case, so each party will know what to expect after the settlement.

If you have been injured and believe you may have a personal injury case, please contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation.

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