How Much Does It Cost to Sue Someone?

Stephen M. Smith
Last Updated:
June 21, 2023
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Many people are hesitant to pursue legal action because they are worried about the high price of legal services. However, law firms often work on a contingency basis which may make legal services more affordable.

Personal injuries can change your life in the blink of an eye. Unexpectedly, you may have medical needs and medical bills stemming from an accident that was not your fault. Sometimes, the only way to make sure that you have the financial means to heal properly is to bring a lawsuit for damages against the party responsible for your injuries. However, a lawsuit may seem like a daunting — and costly — process.

Fortunately, many personal injury law firms operate on a contingency basis. This can help alleviate the upfront legal cost for you so that you can bring a lawsuit for damages. An award of damages can help you heal in peace and continue your medical treatments.

The lawyers at the Smith Law Center can help you navigate the legal process and can represent you in the event that your personal injury claim goes to court. We work on a contingency basis and never charge upfront legal costs. Contact the Smith Law Center online or by calling (757) 244-7000 to speak with one of our knowledgeable associates. We are happy to help guide you through the legal process.

Is It Expensive to Sue Someone?

In short, bringing a legal claim against someone else can potentially be very expensive. The cost of suing someone varies widely depending on various factors such as the complexity of the case, the jurisdiction, the legal fees of the attorney you hire, and the duration of the legal process. Filing a lawsuit with the court, retaining an attorney, paying service fees, and other unexpected expenses all add up quickly.

If you have been injured in a truck or car accident, and are now encountering high healthcare costs, it may seem impossible to hire a lawyer to fight for you. Legal assistance may feel out of reach just when you need help the most.

However, many law firms work on a contingency basis. This usually means that you do not have to pay any legal fees upfront. The law firm will usually take their fee out of any settlement that they are able to achieve for you. If your case is not successful, law firms that operate on a contingency basis will not collect any fees.

The Smith Law Center is a personal injury firm that operates on a contingency fee basis. We will not collect any fees from you unless we are successful in your case. We are confident that we will be able to give you the best representation possible and handle your case with care and consideration.

Contact the attorneys at the Smith Law Center online or by calling (757) 244-7000. We will be able to listen to your story and help explain the legal process to you. You deserve to seek justice for your injuries.

How Much Will a Lawyer Charge Me to Sue Someone?

At the Smith Law Center, we work on a contingency basis and never collect legal fees until your case has reached a settlement or has been awarded a monetary judgment after a jury trial. We offer free consultations and will not charge you up front to file a claim. We care about your case and understand that a settlement can help you heal from your injuries in peace.

Hiring an attorney is an important step in holding the parties who have harmed you accountable. Oftentimes, a lawyer can help you settle your claim faster and make sure that you received the maximum settlement amount. A lawyer will take care of all important court filings, adhere to important deadlines, and represent you before the court if necessary.

The attorneys at the Smith Law Center have helped many people achieve justice. If you or someone you know have suffered a personal injury, including a traumatic brain injury, injury after a car accident, a slip and fall accident, or another type of injury, contact the lawyers at the Smith Law Center.

What Are Contingency Fees?

A contingency fee is a type of payment arrangement between a lawyer and a client in which the payment of all legal fees depends on the success of the case–you will only pay if your lawyer wins your case.

A contingency fee will be a portion of the proceeds obtained by the client due to the litigation or settlement. It may also be the amount of attorney fees acrused by the lawyer but not billed to the client until the successful conclusion of the case.

The exact amount of contingency fees relies on the specifics of the case. The difficulty of the case, how long the cases go on for, among other factors. Usually, contingency fees end up being about one third of the total award or settlement in a case. However, this percentage may vary. It is important to ask your attorney about contingency fees before hiring them to legally represent you.

Contingency fees help families seek justice. At the Smith Law Center, we understand that when families are dealing with a traumatic injury, you may be out of work (no income) and incurring costs (medical bills) at a rapid rate. This is why our firm chooses to invest in our clients' cases upfront, and only recoup our fees after we win on your behalf — we're here to help ease your financial burden at this difficult time.

Contact an Experienced Attorney Today

When it comes to personal injury lawsuits, it is important to hire an attorney with a proven track record who will handle your case with care. The lawyers at the Smith Law Center have achieved incredible successes all while providing compassion for their clients. These victories include a $60 million dollar judgment for a man who sustained a traumatic head injury after a train derailment, and a $14 million dollar settlement for a woman who was injured in a motorcycle accident.

To start the legal process or to learn more about how a contingency-based personal injury law firm can help you, contact the attorneys at the Smith Law Center. You can reach us online or by calling (757) 244-7000. We are standing by to help you begin the litigation process.

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