If you are like most personal injury clients, you are probably wondering what type of fees to expect throughout the course of your case. As always, the best thing to do is speak with your personal injury lawyer about specific fees you should expect. In general, however, there some common litigation fees that litigants should expect to pay regardless of the outcome.
Your personal injury lawyer will bill for his or her time, expertise and work on your case. Depending on the complexity of the case, preparing for a personal injury trial can take many hours of work by both the attorney and a paralegal. Most attorneys require clients to forward a retainer fee against which time is billed.
Your case will require the submission of volumes of paperwork, ranging from medical bills and records to documentation about your income and lost wages. Some doctors and hospitals charge a fee for the preparation and release of medical charts and diagnostic information. If you are seeing multiple specialists for your condition, you may owe fees to many different doctors.
During the discovery phase, the opponent will need copies of everything in order to prepare for trial. Photocopy fees can be steep, particularly if you need color or specialty copies. The cost of photographs is also a significant expense not always anticipated by personal injury plaintiffs.
Expert witnesses can be very expensive and could add a substantial amount to your final bill. Experts expect to be paid for their preparation, travel and time spent testifying. With some experts earning hundreds of dollars per hour, this fee can be very surprising to some.
It costs money to access the state or federal court system and you will be required to pay filing fees for your case. Each court has a different fee schedule and your personal injury lawyer will be able to more accurately describe the cost of court fees.
Need a Lawyer?
Contact a personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC to help you prepare for your upcoming personal injury case and advise you of the fees you should expect. For more information, call 323-782-9605 today.