Wrongful Death Attorney Fees: What to Know
To say that losing a loved one is difficult is an understatement. And losing them as a result of the negligent, careless, reckless, or willful actions of another party makes a tragic situation that much more painful to navigate. Often, we do not have the time to grieve properly, especially if that person was a financial provider.
While our thoughts may not immediately turn to these matters, it is a reality that we must face. Wrongful death lawsuits seek to right an unimaginable wrong in the only way possible, by providing compensation for survivors. But worrying about wrongful death attorney fees can also be a burden. What do you need to know?
Florida Wrongful Death Claims: What Does It Cost Survivors?
How much are wrongful death attorney fees? The short, and the frustrating, answer is “It depends.” Lawyers use different fee structures. Some charge a retainer, or an upfront fee. As they work, they withdraw from these monies. If legal fees exceed the retainer, you owe the remainder. If there is money left after your case has concluded, the lawyer refunds you the balance. Others charge hourly rates or require you to agree to a fixed payment plan.
Many lawyers work on a “contingency basis,” including Casas Law. This means that the attorney takes fees only if they achieve a successful outcome in your case. This may be a settlement or a verdict. In other words, if you do not win, you do not pay attorneys’ fees.
Contingency fee structures are highly beneficial; those who have a strong wrongful death case but who cannot otherwise afford an attorney can access the legal advice and representation they need. Some people also see it as extra motivation for a lawyer to pursue your case vigorously; we believe in providing aggressive representation no matter what, and we approach each case strategically and with compassion.
When you do reach a successful outcome, wrongful death attorney fees are typically 33.3% of the settlement amount if the settlement is reached before a lawsuit is filed, and 40% if the case settles after litigation begins or if it goes to trial. Expenses such as the cost of obtaining medical records, investigative costs, expert witnesses, etc. are deducted from the gross settlement amount.
Losing a loved one is difficult enough; Casas Law’s experienced West Palm Beach wrongful death attorneys are here to help during this very sad time.
We will pursue every angle and ensure your rights are protected during settlement negotiations and, if necessary, during the trial. Please contact us for a consultation today.
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