Personal Injury Attorney Fees
When considering legal action after a personal injury accident, many people have questions about hiring an attorney. “How is the lawyer paid?” is a common question. At Younce, Vtipil & Baznik, we are a client-oriented law firm. We fight for the client and our attorneys do not get paid until we obtain money for you, the client.
Our attorneys handle a variety of injury claims, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall cases, wrongful death cases and product liability cases. We recognize that you are going through one of the most difficult times in your life as a result of an injury caused by another’s negligence. Being able to afford an experienced and trustworthy attorney should not be something that you have to worry about.
An initial consultation at Younce, Vtipil & Baznik is absolutely free and a good way to educate yourself about your legal options, even if you don’t hire us. We have staff who are fluent in English and Spanish. For a free case review, call us or fill out our online contact form. You will not pay any attorney fees unless we collect compensation for you.
Seeking information about attorney fees in workers’ compensation cases? Learn more here.
What are the Attorney Fees for Personal Injury Cases?
What is a Contingency Fee?
Our dedicated personal injury attorneys at Younce, Vtipil & Baznik handle cases on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee arrangement means that our legal fee depends on our success in securing money for you.
A contingency fee arrangement allows accident victims who have suffered significant injuries to hire an experienced lawyer without having to pay any money upfront. Our attorneys have 55 years of combined legal experience.
A contingency arrangement motivates us to do everything in our power to obtain a positive result for each client. If our attorneys at Younce, Vtipil & Baznik do not obtain compensation for you through a negotiated settlement or a jury award, then we do not receive a legal fee. It’s as simple as that.
The contingency fee is the percentage that your attorney will receive as compensation for winning your case. Nearly all of our cases settle out of court. However, we are ready to take a case to trial if that is in a client’s best interest.
How Does Younce, Vitipil & Baznik Handle Attorney Fees?
Our attorneys do not bill by the hour while working on your personal injury claim. Instead, we receive a percentage of any settlement or court award as our legal fee.
If our attorneys win on your behalf, our maximum fee is 33 1/3% of the total money obtained through a settlement or court award. Many lawyers charge 40% and sometimes up to 50% of the total amount recovered. That does not seem fair when this is YOUR case.
Our compassionate attorneys believe that you should be walking away with the largest share of compensation as the one affected by the injury.
The contingency fee arrangement will be in writing. We will review the agreement with you and answer your questions before you sign any documents.
We will fight for you to receive all the compensation available to you under North Carolina law. We know you are depending on the money, so we want you to receive as much of it as possible.
What Fees and Expenses Are Incurred in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In addition to an attorney’s fee, there are other expenses that are a routine part of a personal injury case. They include:
- court costs and filing fee
- costs of investigation
- costs of medical records
- administrative expenses
- costs of depositions
- expert witness fee
Younce, Vtipil & Baznik advances all the costs of investigating and preparing a personal injury case. These costs are deducted from the settlement or court award.
How Much Will I Walk Away with from a Personal Injury Claim?
The value of a personal injury case depends on the facts of the specific case, so it’s hard to generalize about how much you may receive without reviewing the details of your case.
Younce, Vitipil & Baznik has a policy that our law firm will never walk away from a settlement with more money than the client. That approach separates us from many other personal injury attorneys.
If our fee is more than the amount you would receive after we pay back the medical providers and health insurance from the settlement money, then we will automatically reduce our percentage to assure that our legal fee is never more than what you receive.
We think that is the right thing to do since you are the one who has been through the difficult ordeal and are trying to recover from a serious injury. At the end of the day, we want to make sure that you are taken care of and your needs are met.
Contact a Committed Personal Injury Lawyer
At Younce, Vtipil & Baznik, we have successfully handled injury claims for many injured people in Raleigh, Durham and the Triangle area. We use our legal experience and knowledge to help clients pursue the full compensation they need to recover from serious injuries and rebuild their lives. Both Robert C. “Chip” Younce and David E. Vtipil are listed in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of workers’ compensation law. Both are North Carolina board-certified specialists in workers’ compensation law. Attorney Joseph Baznik, whose grandparents moved from Mexico, speaks Spanish fluently and helps Spanish-speaking clients navigate the legal system.
We are on your side, and we believe that our attorney fee arrangement reflects our client-oriented approach. We appreciate that you are considering our law firm for your legal needs. Please call so that we can discuss how we may be of help.
Affording a compassionate and experienced attorney should not be something for you to worry about. At Younce, Vtipil & Baznik, we are committed to providing quality legal service and hands-on treatment and personal attention. We appreciate you considering Younce, Vtipil & Baznik for your legal needs. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.