We have heard horror stories recently of all of the Atlanta and Athens TV lawyers and attorneys trying to get their clients to sign contracts on personal injury cases with fees ranging from 40% pre-suit to 48% pre-suit, and even higher for in-litigation. This is ridiculous! These lawyers are preying on their own client’s ignorance of the traditional market price for an injury attorney.
Most injury lawyers charge 33% for any case that is settled without the firm having to file a lawsuit and 40% if the case goes into litigation (note that’s not just trial, that’s when suit gets filed). These lawyers are doing this to increase their profit margins and by the time the client figures it out, it is too late.
What if your lawyer has one of these ridiculous fees? FIRE THEM. Until an offer is on the table, you owe them nothing and they have no power over you. You are free to negotiate fees with and hire any lawyer you want.
So what should you look for?