How Much Does a Car Accident Lawyer Cost?

Date: May 15, 2024
Our New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at Kitrick, McWeeney & Wells, LLC Will Explain Your Financial Obligations

When you have been injured in a car accident, you are likely to face several different financial stressors. In the immediate short-term, medical providers may be coming to you expecting payment for your share of your care. In addition, you may not be earning money from your job because your injuries have kept you out of work. Even if you can work, you may not earn everything you can because you are forced to take time from work for medical appointments. The last thing you may think you have money for is a car accident lawyer. The good news is that you do not have to have that concern when seeking legal help.

Your car accident lawyer will not ask for any money upfront, nor will they send you any hourly bills while your case is pending. Your representation agreement will specify that your attorney collects a percentage of your car accident recovery should you receive a settlement or jury award in your case. Your attorney may receive a slightly higher percentage if your case goes to trial because they take on even more risk.

Is a Car Accident Lawyer Worth the Cost?

To understand whether hiring a car accident lawyer is worth it, you need to understand what could happen if you do not have legal representation in your case. The insurance company may blame you for the accident, deny your claim entirely, or try to underpay your claim. Your attorney is there to stand up for your legal rights and pressure the insurance company to do the right thing.

Study after study shows that those who hire a car accident lawyer will do much better financially, even after paying the attorney, than those who try to represent themselves. If you try to deal with the insurance company alone, you may never know that you have far too little money until it is too late.

How Are Car Accident Legal Costs Covered?

The representation agreement would spell out how any costs associated with the case are covered. An attorney cannot charge you for anything unless it is clearly described in advance in the representation agreement. Some attorneys may use the contingency fee to cover court costs and expert witness fees. Others may deduct the fees from the proceeds of your settlement before they are paid to you. It is crucial to ask the attorney about these fees and review the representation agreement before you sign it.

The Benefits of Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer

The legal process of car accidents is very stressful. You are up against an insurance company with an army of adjusters, lawyers, and accountants. If you are trying to deal with the insurance company alone, you may not have the knowledge to firmly advocate for yourself. When you hire a car accident lawyer, you can hand your case over to them, and they will handle the details. After receiving their legal advice, you would make key decisions in your case in consultation with your attorney. In the meantime, you can focus on your recovery and dealing with other details of the accident.

Our New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at Kitrick, McWeeney & Wells, LLC Will Explain Your Financial Obligations

Contact our New Jersey car accident lawyers at Kitrick, McWeeney & Wells, LLC when you need legal representation after a motor vehicle crash. Our lawyers will aggressively pursue the maximum amount of financial compensation you are due for your injuries. Call us today at 732-920-8383 or complete our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You do not pay upfront legal fees unless we win. We have offices in Manasquan and Brick, New Jersey, and we work with clients in Middlesex County, Atlantic County, Mercer County, Monmouth County, and Ocean County.