In personal injury cases, our firm works on a contingency basis. This means the lawyers will not be paid for their time unless your claim is successful. No money for you = no paycheck for the lawyer. Each case is unique, and the percentage of the recovery the firm receives as a contingent fee depends on the particular circumstances of your case, and when your claim is resolved.
The expenses and costs of litigation are not considered part of the attorney fee. The client is responsible for the expenses and costs of litigation whether the claim is successful or not. In other words, if the lawyer advances the costs of litigation, the lawyer will be paid back whether or not the claim is successful. Expenses of litigation could include, but are not limited to, expert witness fees, deposition costs, transcript costs, mileage and travel expenses, medical record fees and filing fees.
The amount of these expenses depends on how complex your case is and whether expert witnesses will be needed. Medical experts typically charge high hourly rates for their services. It is usual to see medical experts charging $500 per hour for reviewing records and several thousand dollars for deposition or trial testimony.