If you have been in an accident in the Leesburg and Stafford areas you may be wondering, “Are attorneys expensive? Can I settle my car accident case myself?” The truth is that you may not need an attorney to settle your car accident case. Most people can settle their simple car accident cases by themselves. However, if you find yourself in a car accident that has sent you to the hospital, you may need a lawyer.
Attorneys usually take a percentage of the damage award. This percentage is not typically fixed. For example, if your case was settled before it could be filed in court, then you may pay a lower amount than if your case was taken to trial. Most attorneys charge somewhere between 25% to 40% of the damage award for personal injury cases.
An example of our fee structure is like this:
Settled → 25%
Filed → 30%
Trial → 33%
One thing you should be prepared for is the out-of-pocket costs. You may have to pay for medical bills, medical reports, and filing fees. Your attorney should speak to you about the potential out-of-pocket costs. And don’t be afraid to ask!
Keep in mind, if you have a small car accident case, an attorney may not increase the damage award. Be wary of any attorney who tells you they can increase your small case settlement because in our experience that is not always the case!
If you live in Loudoun County and you need help with your car accident case, call BenGlassLaw at (703)584-7277 to speak with one of our team members. If you have a small car accident case that you would like to settle yourself, request a FREE copy of Get It Settled!