Attorney’s fees in Texas Non-subscriber cases are contingent fees which is typical of a personal injury case in Texas.
This means that we handle the case without charging you during the life of the case. The attorneys’ fee is contingent or depending on us winning your case. As you likely have heard before, if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay anything. The benefit of a contingent fee arrangement is that you do not have to pay out of pocket to have legal representation when, as an injured worker, you are most in need.
Workers’ Compensation Fees vs. Non-Subscriber Fees (Why aren’t they the same?)
The law that governs these cases is vastly different. The most obvious explanation is that handling workers’ compensation does not involve filing of a lawsuit. Non-subscriber cases are handled very much like other Texas Personal Injury cases. The fee that attorneys can charge in Workers’ compensation cases is determined by statute while in personal injury case, Texas lawyers are free to determine their firm’s fee structure. A very common fee structure involves a contingent fee percentage and a jump of that percentage if the case ends up being litigated. For example, a firm could charge 33% of the gross recovery in a case if the case is not litigated but, if the case requires the filing of the lawsuit, because of the increased risks, attorneys will usually charge up to 40% or 45% if the case is resolved after a case is filed.
2 Questions to Ask a Lawyer About Attorney’s Fees:
- What is your Attorney’s Fee if the case is resolved before and after litigation?
- How are case expenses and medical costs paid after a settlement?
What Is our Attorney’s Fee Structure?
At this firm, we charge 33% to represent individuals in personal injury lawsuits. This includes all non-subscriber work injury cases and car wreck cases. If the case requires the filing of a lawsuit or arbitration, the fee adjusts to 40%. We do not adjust the fee if it goes to trial or arbitration hearing. When researching an attorney that you might hire, you will want to make sure that you understand what the firm’s fee structure is if the case is resolved pre-suit, post-suit or if the case is tried. We have seen varying fee structures in the past. What fees you are paying should be clear to you before you sign with any law firm.
How Do Case Expenses and Medical Costs affect the Net Outcome for me?
From a gross settlement or award from a jury or arbitrator, you will reduce the attorney’s fees, case expenses and medical costs. Case expenses consist of any cost that we took out and paid during the life of the case. Those expenses are carried during the life of the case and then recovered once the case is settled or tried.
A third reduction in your gross recovery are your Medical costs. Medical cost consists of any medical bills you received as a result of treatment that you received for your injuries in the case. This could be hospital bills, physical therapy or even surgery. These bills must be paid back to the providers or any insurance company that may have covered the cost.
Once you have paid your attorney’s fees, cases expense and medical expenses, you arrive at your net recovery. The goal of our firm is to always do as much as possible to increase the final net recovery to our clients and not only to pay attorney’s fees and medical costs. This is consistent with fighting for all that our clients have lost (Damages) as a result of a work injury.
At Sandoval Law Firm, PLLC, as your attorney, I will make sure that you understand the attorney’s fees from the first time you call us. I focus on making sure that you also understand your rights and what, as your lawyer, I will do to make sure that you get fairly compensated. I will work very hard for you, and I will make sure that expectations are set from the beginning.
An attorney-client relationship is built on trust and confidence, and I take this very seriously. If you’ve been injured at work working for a non-subscriber, do your research!