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How Is My Personal Injury Attorney Paid In A Settlement?


Most personal injury lawyers are paid on a contingency fee basis, which basically means that if they are able to make a recovery on your behalf, either through settlement or litigation, then they will be paid a percentage of that recovery after advanced expenses are reimbursed to the law firm. Advanced Expenses are those sums of money that are paid by the law firm before settlement or litigation in order to put your case through the process of settlement or litigation. Advanced expenses are for things like getting medical records together and getting narrative reports from the doctor. The lawyer’s fee is calculated on a percentage basis after you take out or remove the advanced expenses from the settlement numbers. The remaining amount goes to the client.

Are There Any Factors That Can Potentially Limit Or Minimize A Settlement Offer?

The main factors that would limit or minimize your settlement value are inconsistencies, misstatements or lies in the medical records or in the police reports. Those lies or misstatements are taken seriously by the insurance companies and usually result in insurance companies not even making settlement offers. Pre-existing conditions also have an impact on occasionally minimizing or limiting the value of the claim, but that’s only when your doctor doesn’t understand how the accident has caused you to suffer a specific injury.

How Can I Assist My Attorney In Getting The Best Possible Settlement For My Personal Injury Case?

The most important thing that you can do to assure that your attorney gets the best possible settlement for you is to carefully review all of the documents that he or she sends to you. This includes the draft settlement demand where the attorney outlines all of your medical treatment and medical needs. If that settlement demand is incomplete because you forgot to tell your lawyer about a particular treatment or medical bill, then that’s not really the lawyer’s fault. It is important that you review very carefully the settlement demand and make sure it encompasses everything that happened to you and everything that you lost as a result of the accident.

If you see anything that you believe is incomplete or incorrect, you need to bring it to the attention of your lawyer. Doing so will help your lawyer make sure that the insurance company has the complete picture of how your medical care took place and how the accident affected your life. Your lawyer can certainly analyze your medical records, but those records aren’t always complete. This is because the doctors don’t always get everything written in the medical record. It is imperative that you communicate with your lawyer when you believe that the settlement demand is not accurate or is otherwise incomplete.

Your lawyer will know whether or not an expert is needed in your case. When it comes right down to it, the quality of the paperwork that the lawyer submits to the liability carrier makes a huge difference in the value of your case. Sometimes your lawyer may have to rely upon you since you are the person who sustained the injury and underwent the treatment for the injury. Only you really know how the accident impacted you, so if you don’t communicate those things to your lawyer, then you won’t be able to get the most out of your personal injury settlement.

For more information on Paying A Personal injury Attorney, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (316) 854-4601 today.

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