Trying to predict how much a lawyer will charge to represent you is a tricky question to answer, because every personal injury law case is unique. Additionally, White Plains auto accident attorneys have varying fee structures, so it is important that you understand how a lawyer’s fees will be charged before you hire one. Personal injury law can involve a multitude of situations, but you can generally expect your accident attorney to charge one of two (or both) ways.
Auto accidents in Yonkers and White Plains often result in a negotiated settlement of the disputes. A good accident attorney on the victim’s side is diligent in persuasive negotiations, but also prepared and equipped to take your case to trial if necessary. A settlement typically covers the exact same issues as a trial covers, in whole or in part, such as:
- Hospitalization expenses
- Rehabilitation care
- Future Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
A personal injury case can result in a great deal of money for a victim. According to the New York City Bar Association, a typical hourly rate by a New York attorney is $500 per hour, but most personal injury lawyers charge a contingency fee. This means the attorney is not paid anything until you recover compensation in your case, then the lawyer takes a percentage of the award or settlement amount. No two cases are identical, but the common percentage of a contingency fee can range from 30% to 40% of the actual settlement amount.
For more information about auto accident law, contact the offices of Timko & Moses, LLP. We can help you with your claim.