We understand how the personal injury attorney fee calculator is important to you. When you’ve been in a car accident and are seeking financial support for physical and emotional pain, the last thing you want to think about is attorney fees.
What percentage does a lawyer get in a settlement case?
The good news is that in personal injury cases, many lawyers charge a percentage fee based on how much money they win for their clients. That means if you don’t receive a settlement for your personal injury case, you don’t owe any money in legal fees. You only need to pay attorney fees if and when your case is settled.
Use our personal injury attorney fee calculator to see an estimate of your legal fees compared to your settlement amount.
Personal Injury Attorney Fee Calculator
This calculator is a great starting point to see if hiring a personal injury attorney is the right next step for you, but it’s just an estimate! Chat with us or contact us today for a free consultation and more accurate settlement estimate for your case.
Attorney Fee Calculator for Personal Injury Cases
At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm, our fees are a share of your settlement amount, so if we win you a larger settlement then our share is worth more as well. It’s important to know that we do not collect any money until you win.
The percentage share itself is based on whether your case is settled out of court or proceeds to litigation.
If your case is settled without litigation, our attorney fees are 33% of your settlement amount.
For example, if your case is settled for $100,000 out of court, our legal costs would be $33,000.
If your case goes to court, our attorney fees are 40% of your settlement amount. We’ll only recommend proceeding to litigation if we are confident that there is a good chance of being successful. Of course, we will advise you on the best course of action if we represent you.
Many law firms in Arizona use a similar fee structure for personal injury auto accident cases, although the exact amount may differ.
Make sure to ask any law firm you speak to about their fee structure, the range of payment, and what other factors may increase that amount.
Attorney Fee Calculator: Calculating Realistic Settlement Amounts for Personal Injury Cases
Unfortunately, calculating the settlement amount you could receive on your own or using a calculator doesn’t give you the full picture. That’s because there are dozens of factors that contribute to your settlement amount!
We’ll cover the most common types of settlement factors below. If you’re in Arizona, contact us or chat with our team today for a more accurate estimate of your case.
Personal Injury Settlement Factors
In broad strokes, auto accident settlements are typically decided based on the extent of damages in the case. Really, there are two types of damages at play: compensatory and punitive.
Compensatory damages include costs associated with any pain and suffering you experienced as a direct result of the accident, like:
- Medical expenses and hospital stays (past and future)
- Recovery time or rehabilitation costs
- Damage to your vehicle
- Income lost to missing work
- Emotional pain or stress as a result of the accident
Punitive damages, on the other hand, are given to the injured party and are meant to punish the at-fault party for the pain and suffering caused. This isn’t always black and white; juries may assign you partial fault (or negligence) for an accident or may find you were completely at fault, either of which will affect your ability to collect a settlement.
Legal Fees Examples of Personal Injury Settlements
There’s a lot of variability in settlement amounts, so what are you entitled to? The only way to know for sure is to talk with a lawyer, but it may also help to look at results from real cases we’ve argued on behalf of our clients:
Example 1: Wrongful death auto accident, $800,000 rewarded
In this case, a 76-year-old grandfather, husband, and father was killed driving back home after buying groceries in Mesa, AZ. The at-fault driver, also 76 years old, had taken Ambien before driving and was charged with negligent homicide. Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm represented his surviving family members—his wife, sons, and daughters—in the civil matter.
Example 2: Car accident, $212,500 rewarded
A 67-year-old woman was stopped at stop sign in Sun Lakes, AZ when she was rear-ended. Her vehicle showed very little sign of damage. Only her trailer hitch had been hit. After a month of conservative treatment of her neck injury, she went into surgery for a neck fusion. We proved in litigation that the minor impact caused the need for neck surgery. The case settled in mediation after a suit was filed.
Example 3: Bicycle accident, $85,000 rewarded
The client was riding his bicycle to the end of his street when oncoming traffic turned into him and threw him over the windshield of the car. Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm pursued this case to the fullest, getting a fair settlement for our client.
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When to Get Help from an Attorney
There are several types of personal injury cases that entitle you to receive compensation:
Beyond the specifics of your auto accident, many clients decide they need to take legal action to compensate for medical costs, to cover missed work due to pain and physical ailments, to pay for expenses not covered by insurance, or when the emotional stress becomes untenable or too high to bear.
Whatever your circumstances, you are entitled to compensation due to personal injury in the state of Arizona.
Even if you’re on the fence, take these steps to ensure the process goes smoothly if you decide to take legal action later. In many cases, you have up to two years to seek a settlement after a personal injury takes place.
- At the scene of an accident: Alert the police and collect insurance information from the other party. File a report so there is a record of the event. Take photos of the scene and talk to eyewitnesses at the scene to corroborate what happened.
- After the accident: File a claim with your insurance provider. You can also file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider.
- Ongoing: Document and keep records of medical bills, hospital stays, or rehabilitation costs. Track any missed days of work, as well as estimates for repairs to your vehicle or any other costs associated with your accident. If you’re in pain, track your pain and any additional medical diagnosis as they arise.
Attorney Fee Calculator: Common Personal Injury Settlement Questions
Have another question about your personal injury settlement or attorney fees in Arizona? Contact us today or chat with a member of our team.
Will I be charged more than my settlement amount?
No, if you ask Phoenix Accident and Injury Law to take on your case, there is no way your fees could exceed your settlement amount.
That’s because we only take a share of your settlement, either 33% or 40% depending on whether your case has required litigation.
When do I pay legal fees?
Any fees you owe don’t need to be paid until your case concludes and are usually taken from your settlement amount.
This means you don’t need to pay anything until you’ve received your compensation amount. After our costs are deducted that the rest of the settlement amount is yours.
Are there other legal fees to consider?
Yes, there are sometimes extra costs that you’ll have to pay if you bring a case to court, they can include things like court filing fees and other advanced court costs.
These are usually paid by your lawyer while they are representing you, and then need to be paid at the end of proceedings.
Will my insurance rates go up if I pursue a settlement?
Typically no, especially if you’re not at fault. If you are found to be at fault, you may see changes to your insurance, but it’s not guaranteed.
What if I have a medical lien?
If you have a medical lien, you will also have to pay the remainder of your medical bills upon settlement. Since you have received treatment, you will pay for the services provided to you. However, your medical lien will not exceed the amount that your health insurance would cover (usually 20% – 40%).
What if I am settling a wrongful death suit?
Wrongful death suits come with their own set of challenges. Because of the complexities of wrongful death lawsuits, we recommend talking to a qualified attorney to help you through the process.
How long does it take to reach a settlement?
Reaching settlement can take as long as 9 months. However, at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law, our average is 4-5 months.
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