Costs other than Attorney Fees
A lawyer charges for his or her time, work, and experience. However, he only gets paid when and if the case settles. This is referred to as a contingency. But there are other fees which you will be expected to reimburse your attorney for, regardless of the outcome of your case.
Out-of-pocket expenses are expenses directly resulting from your case. Below are a few examples:
- Medical document charges by physicians and hospitals. This documentation may cost only a few dollars for simple copies, or it can cost hundreds of dollars for paperwork completed by your physician.
- Charges for photocopies. Many photocopies of physician bills, hospital reports, police and witnesses statements, and other documentation may be required by your insurance company.
- Photography costs. A great deal of success in personal injury cases comes from the use of photographic evidence. You’ll need to pay these costs to your attorney.
- Expert reports and statements. Testimony by experts – in addition to your doctor’s testimony – may be needed in order to proceed with your case. Know that these experts charge for their time, experience, and knowledge.
- Costs associated with litigation. If your attorney has to litigate your case, there are court expenses associated with this filing. There may also be additional costs in the event of an appeal.