Chris Finney, Trial Attorney
Typically in a fee-for-services agreement for a contingent lawyer, which is what we are, the lawyer will advance the client the cost to pursue the case.
That includes the cost of:
- police reports
- medical records
- expert fees and more
The typical arrangement is the lawyer advances those costs. So if the plaintiff wants somebody deposed, the lawyer is going to pay for it, and that probably happens 99% of the time. At Finney Injury Law, it usually is 100% of the time.
We don’t think you can ever have too many depositions. We want to know everything about the case, especially getting statements under oath. So we will advance the cost for the deposition, which can range anywhere from $170 to $2,000 dollars. When you think about cases, those costs can add up in the $20,000-$30,000 dollar range, just for depositions alone. So the lawyer has made an agreement in their fee for services to advance the client’s cost for things such as depositions.
Hire a Contingency Lawyer
Be aware of lawyers who agree to take your case on a contingency basis and then push you to settle for a low amount. Some lawyers may do so simply to ensure that they are compensated. When choosing a lawyer after an accident, look for one with courtroom experience and who is willing to represent you in court if necessary.