Do All Car Accident Lawyers Charge the Same Amount?

How Much Do Injury Lawyers Charge in Georgia?
  • Most Lawyers Charge 33.33% of the gross amount recovered if the case settles without filing a lawsuit.
  • Some TV lawyers try to gouge clients by charging as much as 40% pre-suit. 
  • Most attorneys charge 40% if the lawsuit has to be filed, which reflects the increased amount of work.
Atlanta personal injury lawyers, including wrongful death, car accident and injury lawyers typically represent a client on a what is known as a contingency fee. That means the client does not have to pay anything to the lawyer and will never get a bill. Instead the lawyer gets a percentage of the gross amount the insurance company pays for the case. Putting it simply; for an injury case that is settled prior to suit being filed, the fee would be $33,000 on a $100,000 dollar settlement with the client receiving $66,000, less any medical reimbursements and costs owed. 

Over the years, a number of personal injury clients have called and their initial question is, how much do you charge. This is a natural question because in many commercial transactions, it is the first thing we think of. 

"How much will it cost to fix the radiator on the car?"

"How much do you charge to fix the gutters?" 

I understand the origin but let me explain why this is the most dangerous thing you can do. Would you ever go to the doctors office and compare two different back surgeons on price alone? Of course not because your primary concern is living and living without pain, not the cost. It is not a cost driven decision and neither is hiring a personal injury lawyer.

Injury lawyers differ drastically in their skill, diligence and reputation. The fools that you see advertised on TV are at the bottom of the pile. They do not go to court and are pushed to settle everyone's case cheaply. The small mom and pop law firm that dabbles in everything may only charge you 25% but they can end up costing you well over 100% because they mishandle the case.

In other words, hiring an injury lawyer is not "who is cheaper" kind of decision. It is a "who is better for me in the long run decision." Take your time, shop around and ask the lawyer what they think they can accomplish in the case and whether they will put it in writing.

At Christopher Simon Attorney at Law, we approach fees differently. For typical cases that settle pre-suit, our fees are 33%. If the case gets filed in the courts, it shifts to 39%. The key difference is twofold:

1. For cases that turn out to be smaller, we guarantee that our fee will never be larger than what the client takes home. For example, if a case turns out to only be worth $10,000 and the client has to pay back $5,000 in medical expenses, then the client would take home $2,500 and so would the firm. 

2. For larger cases that get negotiated and settled out without a great deal of work, we will consider reducing the fee in cases of financial necessity. 

This results in a substantial savings to our clients and more accurately reflects fair compensation for our efforts as attorneys.

We still charge 39% for litigated cases because there is a quantum increase in the amount of work that goes into litigated files. Remember that you case is always your case and not the attorney's case so the decision on whether to settle or to go into litigation is up to you. It is important to note that for all lawyers practicing injury and wrongful death, the fee goes up when the lawsuit is filed, not just when it goes to trial. Keep that in mind as a consumer.

If you have questions about attorneys fees, feel free to contact the firm.
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My wife and I were hit by a tractor trailer in 2014. After extensive research online, we were deeply impressed with the various reviews we read on Google and Avvo and chose Chris to represent us. We could not have a made a better decision. Chris and his firm treated us like we were their only clients, soothed our worries, and instantly gained our trust. Chris settled both of our cases for more than we expected. James
A co-worker of my wife recommended Chris to us. At the very beginning Chris showed that he cared and his knowledge is priceless. Going through this process can be aggravating but Chris did a great job guiding me through this and was always available to answer my questions. Chris fought to get what I deserved even though at times I wanted to give up. Tracy
I want to express my deepest sense of gratitude and appreciation to Attorney Chris Simon & Attorney Chris Carsten, for all the hard work that they put forth into my case (car accident filed after being hit by drunk driver). Their attention to detail and professionalism far surpasses their firm's reputation. Because of their diligence and dedication to their craft, they were able to bring my case to a successful close, one that I could live with. You will not find a better team for your case. Should I have a need for their services again in the future, or know of anyone looking for a top notch Auto Accident Law Firm, I would not hesitate to recommend them!!!! Elle
Wow...Chris is a very good attorney. Me and my son was in a very bad car accident an I was clueless on how to handle the situation. It's very hard to find an attorney who allows you to contact them personally instead of you contacting their asst. I was told that I didn't have a case because the hosiptal put a lien on my acct. Chris prove different and I was able to file my case with the insurance company. The process was very quickly and Im glad I selected the right attorney..Thanks Chris A Car Accident client
Chris is a great lawyer and the most people friendly attorney I have ever delt with. He handled my case with great attention to detail and did so in a very short period of time. He is very consice, efficient, patient and understanding. He has a strong passion for what he does and he does it well. I recommend Chris Simon as legal representation for anyone who has suffreed damages or a loss at the negligence of others. He really cares about you and your case. A Car Accident client