Among the questions that prospective clients often ask are inquiries about attorney fees and the expenses related to pursuing a personal injury or workers’ comp case. Most people who have been seriously injured are out of work and struggling to get back on their feet. If that sounds like your situation, you may recognize that you need an attorney, but you may be unsure how you can afford an attorney. Our personal injury and workers’ comp attorneys at Joye Law Firm handle injury claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not have any up front out of pocket costs if we help you.
Our attorneys at Joye Law Firm handle a broad range of personal injury claims including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall cases, product liability cases, and wrongful death cases. We also have extensive experience handling workers’ comp cases for injuries and illnesses that happen on the job. Having helped so many injured people, we understand that you are going through one of the toughest experiences of your life. Because of an injury or loss caused by someone else’s negligence, your world has been turned upside down. The last thing you should be worrying about is how to afford an attorney.
Joye Law Firm has been in business since 1968 and has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Summerville, and Clinton. An initial case review with a personal injury attorney at Joye Law Firm is free. Talking to an experienced injury lawyer about your injury is a good way to inform yourself about your legal choices. There’s no obligation. If our attorneys believe that you have a valid personal injury case, we will offer to represent you on a contingency fee basis. You will not pay an attorney’s fee unless we obtain money for you. Below, we present additional information about attorney fees and case costs.
Personal Injury Attorney Fees – How Does the Lawyer Get Paid?
A contingency fee arrangement allows a person who has been injured in a car crash or other personal injury accident to obtain experienced legal representation without paying any money upfront to hire a lawyer.
Contingent fee arrangements are common in personal injury cases such as car accidents and slip and fall accidents.
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What is a Contingency Fee?
The attorneys at Joye Law Firm typically represent personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis.
If you decide to be represented by Joye Law Firm, we’ll sign a retainer agreement that states that our legal fee is contingent on winning your case—whether that involves a negotiated settlement or a court verdict. That gives us an incentive to obtain the largest settlement or jury award feasible for you.
The retainer document will specify the legal fee that would be applied to any recovery obtained on your behalf.
If our attorneys are successful, we receive a portion of the amount obtained through a settlement or court award to cover our legal fees and case expenses. The typical fee is 33.3 percent if the case doesn’t go to court. In the event a lawsuit is filed, our fee increases to 40 percent. This increase accounts for the significant additional time, resources, and manpower involved in preparing for a trial to ensure the successful handling of your case. South Carolina attorney fees are governed by the South Carolina Judicial Branch’s Rule 1.5 which forbids lawyers from collecting an unreasonable fee.
We will fight for you to obtain full compensation because we recognize that you have suffered unjust harm and need assistance. If we don’t win your case or obtain money for you, you don’t owe us anything.
Settling a Car Accident Case in SC
When a car accident case is settled, there are typically three things that are deducted from the total settlement amount before the client receives a check.
- the car accident lawyer fee
- case costs
- medical expenses related to the accident.
The legal fee is typically 33.3 percent of the recovery for cases that are resolved before a lawsuit has been filed. In some instances, the fee percentage may be reduced to ensure that the client receives a larger settlement than the attorney’s fee. In cases where a lawsuit is filed, our fee percentage increases to 40 percent to account for the additional resources needed to take a case to trial.
Medical costs can be a big-ticket item. At Joye Law Firm, we pride ourselves on negotiating with healthcare providers to discount medical costs. We work to settle the medical debts for the least amount possible. We have handled cases where the client suffered extremely serious injuries and racked up $300,000 to $400,000 in medical bills. Our attorneys were able to negotiate with the healthcare provider to write off a significant portion of the costs. In the end, the hospital ultimately agreed to accept $40,000 or $50,000 from a settlement, clearing the victim of thousands of dollars of medical debt.