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What is a Contingency Fee?


After you have been injured in an accident, you know you need legal help, but you may be hesitant due to the expense you anticipate you might incur.

Simply put, lawyers like those at Daggett Shuler know the financial burden of hiring a lawyer might get in the way of you getting the help you need. So, instead of an hourly rate, the injury lawyers at Daggett Shuler collect a contingency fee.

Contingency fees are only collected when your case is settled in mediation or won in court. The fee is a percentage of the settlement that you receive, meaning no money comes directly out of your pocket!

So, what exactly does this mean?

The specific amount in contingency fees to your personal injury attorney depends on certain factors, such as complexity and risk. Your contingency fee may also include the following:

Court and filing fees. Generally, it costs about $400 just to file a complaint in federal court.

Expert witnesses. Since expert witnesses take the time to review your case, prepare a report, and testify at trial, you can expect one to charge at least a few thousand dollars for their time.

Discovery costs. If your case requires a deposition, it will entail hiring a court reporter and paying for a deposition transcript. 

Gathering evidence. Obtaining evidence, such as copies of public documents and medical records, can add up to a few hundred dollars.

Legal representation requires a licensed attorney, in good standing with the state, who will fight on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve. While other attorneys may charge an hourly rate, the injury lawyers at Daggett Shuler do not charge you anything at the start or in the middle of your case. They only collect a fee if they win you a settlement.

By working on a contingency fee basis, you can hire a reputable, qualified Daggett Shuler attorney, without the added financial burden of paying the attorney as you go. The Daggett Shuler injury lawyers know you need to focus on your health and recovery, and shouldn’t be burdened with attorney fees while you recover.

You Can Depend on Us

At Daggett Shuler, we make the litigation process as affordable as possible, so we work on a contingency fee and don’t get paid until you do. We’re here to answer all your questions about contingency fees, court costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses and ensure that your experience with Daggett Shuler is nothing less than stellar. We’ll pursue your claim care and expertise to get you the justice you deserve.

Contact us today by submitting a form below or calling our office at 336-724-1234 for an always-free initial consultation.

I would like to take time to thank the staff at Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law. To Megan Youngblood for helping me get my disability started; thank you so much for everything!

Olivia Winston