Legal Toolkit Michigan Injury and Accidents

What to Expect About Injury and Accidents


Injury and Accident attorneys will typically charge on a "contingency" basis which means they will take a percentage of the final monetary award in your case. The percentage they take depends on whether they can reach a settlement on your case before going to trial.


If cases can be settled pre-trial, injury and accident attorneys will typically charge 33 1/3 % of the client’s settlement plus client expenses to pay their fees. If cases can’t be settled and must go to trial, the attorney fees will typically be 40% of whatever financial award the client receives plus expenses.


Attorneys charge for expenses incurred on behalf of clients. These expenses typically include copying charges, long-distance phone charges, postage, faxes, court filing fees, the cost of court reporters, expert witness fees, medical report fees, and other expenses associated with handling your case.


Attorneys are required to provide clients with a written fee agreement. Fee agreements help to clarify what you will be charged for, when you are expected to pay your invoices, and what you should do if you have a concern about fees.