People seeking a personal injury lawyer must understand
that pursuing a legal claim necessarily involves certain out-of-pocket
costs. Litigation expenses include filing fees, deposition
fees, fees for expert witnesses, consultants, investigators,
graphic exhibits, medical records, etc. These fees can total
anywhere from $2,000 - $100,000 in personal injury cases.
Do I have to pay some or all of these expenses up
This will depend upon whom you hire. Attorneys generally fall
into three categories:
CATEGORY 1 - Some attorneys may require
you to fund the expenses up front even though the attorney
fee is contingent. This is somewhat rare.
CATEGORY 2 - Some attorneys will require
you only to pay the cost of obtaining your medical records.
This can cost between $100 - $1,500. With many of these attorneys,
if they believe you have a strong case, they will front all
of the remaining expenses of your case. This is somewhat more
CATEGORY 3 – Many attorneys will advance
all costs and expenses of litigation on your behalf, including
the initial review by experts. This is common.
In all three categories, the attorney will deduct all expenses
he or she advanced on your behalf from the ultimate recovery
in your case after the contingency fee has been deducted from
the gross recovery (the term “gross recovery”
means the total value of the complete recovery).
Dozier Law Group will almost always fall into CATEGORY 3
- advancing the expenses of any case we accept.