04 Apr What is a contingency fee?
Many people have never had a personal injury or workers’ compensation case and wonder “what is a contingency fee?” A contingency fee means an attorney does not get paid unless a recovery is made. In other words, the fee is contingent upon getting a recovery. If no recovery is made, no fee is paid. The contingency fee is for time and effort on a case by an attorney. In most cases, the contingency fee is 33 1/3% to handle a personal injury case and 25% contingency fee to handle a workers’ compensation case. Fees can vary if litigation is sought. Typically, the expenses incurred by the attorney are reimbursed, separate from the contingency fee.
A contingency fee arrangement differs from two other types of fees: hourly and flat fee. In an hourly fee agreement, a retainer is typically paid and the attorney bills against the retainer in 6 minute (.1) increments. As the retainer is depleted, a client adds more money to the retainer. Contract and domestic law cases are typically handled via hourly work. Flat fee cases are set prices, usually in traffic and criminal cases.
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