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January 20, 2020 | Gary Burger

Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Take Most Of My Settlement?

When you've been critically injured because of another person's negligence, the last thing you should have to do is pay out-of-pocket for damages attributed to the accident, such as medical bills and vehicle repair. Fortunately, most lawyers work on contingency of offer payment plans to make the personal injury claim process as hassle-free as possible for victims and their families.

If you suffered physical harm, mental or emotional distress, or financial damages because of another person, the personal injury lawyers in St. Louis at Burger Law are committed to fighting for the rights of victims in Missouri and Illinois, and offering information that can be helpful during such a difficult time.

In this FAQ, we are going to discuss the personal injury claim process, costs and expenses associated with most cases, and how much compensation your attorney is entitled to if a settlement is recovered. If you have questions about how much compensation the attorneys at Burger Law will take from your settlement, or have another question about your case, call our personal injury lawyers in St. Louis at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We don't charge any fees for our consultations, and we never ask for any attorney fees unless we win your personal injury claim.

What Expenses Will My Attorney Take Out of My Personal Injury Settlement?

There are many unexpected expenses after an accident, such as hospital bills and damage to personal property, such as vehicles and cell phones. The number of costs varies significantly for each case, but can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, which often, most victims can't afford to pay out of pocket right after an accident.

Most personal injury lawyers in St. Louis work on contingency, meaning that victims don't have to pay for any expenses related to the accident unless their attorney recovers compensation for their damages. Then, after a settlement is recovered, costs associated with the accident, such as attorney fees, are deducted from the settlement.

Expenses that are typically covered by attorneys that operate on contingency include:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Court Filing Fees
  • Depositions
  • Travel Expenses
  • Mail Costs

Of course, expenses differ for every case. Factors that are considered when calculating settlements and attorney fees include the severity of the victim's injuries, the amount of damages involved in the accident, and whether the victim's case goes to trial. Cases that don't go to trial often don't have as many attorney fees as cases that involve a lawsuit and going to court.

Do the Attorneys at Burger Law Work On Contingency?

If you've been injured because of another person's carelessness, and are worried about how much it costs to hire an attorney, expenses related to damages from the accident, and how much compensation an attorney takes from each case's settlement, you need to consult the attorneys at Burger Law.

Our attorneys offer free consultations and work on contingency so that victims don't have to worry about costs related to the accident during their recovery period. Our personal injury lawyers in St. Louis only take a small percentage from victims' settlements, including the deduction of expenses paid for on behalf of the victim's case.

If you suffered catastrophic injuries because of another person, and need an attorney that works on contingency to represent your case, call or contact Burger Law today at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222 to explore the options available to your personal injury case.