Form to start a Personal Injury Case

Initiating a lawsuit can come with certain financial costs. It is important to understand what kinds of costs may arise and how they may impact your personal injury case. Generally, the costs that will come up in a personal injury case include filing fees, the costs to obtain copies of medical records, and in some cases, the cost to have an expert give an opinion or testify.

Client meeting lawyer over her Personal Injury CaseIf you hire a personal injury lawyer on a contingency fee basis, the lawyer may cover these costs until your case is resolved. It is important to ask the lawyer how and when the costs associated with your personal injury lawsuit will be reimbursed. If you have been injured in the Fall River area, you should contact an experienced lawyer who can explain how the costs associated with your Fall River personal injury lawsuit will may impact your case.

What is the Difference Between Fees and Costs?

contingency fee agreement over a Personal Injury CaseThe distinction between a fee and a cost in connection with a personal injury lawsuit is significant. Personal injury lawyers generally charge what is called a “contingency fee.” This means that the lawyer’s fee will depend on the amount of the award or settlement in your case. In Massachusetts, the standard contingency fee that personal injury lawyers charge is 1/3 of your settlement or award.

Costs on the other hand, have to do with the administration of your case. Personal injury cases can involve multiple medical records and can even require expert testimony. There can be fees associated with obtaining copies of records or hiring an expert. It is important to discuss the possibility of these costs with your lawyer at the outset of your case.

Should I Hire a Lawyer if I am Injured in a Car Accident?

Fall River Car AccidentHiring an experienced Fall River car accident lawyer to represent you in your case can provide you some big advantages. A lawyer can make sure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to while you focus on healing. Another advantage includes the ability of an experienced lawyer in dealing with the insurance company. Oftentimes, the pain and suffering portion of your settlement will be where you see the most benefit.

Fall River Personal Injury Case settlement payoutThe insurance companies often try to offer a small settlement in an attempt to save time and money for the company. An experienced lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company to get you a better settlement. In fact, recent studies have shown that injured plaintiffs who hire lawyers increased their settlement value by about 40%.

Contact an Experienced Fall River Personal Injury Lawyer

Client with a Personal Injury Case meeting with a lawyerIf you or someone you know has been injured in the Fall River area, contact one of our experienced Fall River personal injury lawyers located at 408 Bedford St., Fall River, MA. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. There are no legal fees unless you receive an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at (508) 677-0500 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.

Sources:

  1. www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-are-costs-in-a-personal-injury-case.html
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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 15 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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