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How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

Legal services pay for themselves in lawsuit financing and increased compensation

The great advantage of filing a personal injury lawsuit is that most attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis. That means that rather than charging upfront legal fees or an hourly rate, the attorney works without compensation until the case resolves through a jury verdict or settlement. At that time, the attorney takes a percentage of the award. The contingency fee arrangement helps plaintiffs who could not otherwise afford the costs of civil litigation to pursue just compensation without worrying about expenses. It also means that your ability to retain an excellent lawyer does not depend on your ability to pay, but rather on the attorney’s assessment of the strength of your case, or the importance of delivering justice to someone in your particular circumstances.

All attorney contingency fees are not equal

If the real, compensable injuries and the facts indicate someone other than yourself is responsible for the harm you’ve suffered, you’re in a good position to shop for the right attorney. You should understand that just because a number of lawyers claim to operate on a contingency basis, that doesn’t mean they all operate on the same terms. For example:

  • Contingency fee rates range from about 30 percent to 40 percent of the damage award or settlement.
  • Some attorneys pass on court costs to plaintiffs as they accrue.
  • Some attorneys, who pay upfront for court costs, reclaim those expenses off the top of the damage award, then assess their percentage from the remainder, while others stick to a strict percentage of the award.

Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC advances all costs of litigation and offers a competitive contingency rate.

Not every law firm has the resources to fully finance a personal injury trial

Lawyers can work on a case for years before it settles or goes to trial. Working on contingency means, they see no payment for their efforts during all that time. Many attorneys are very good but do not have the resources to keep the lights on in the office for that long. Under those circumstances, it’s hard for them not to think of their own financial circumstances when advising a client to settle or go to trial. What’s worse, opposing counsel are well aware of those personal injury lawyers who rarely take a case to trial. They know they can wait them out and force them to settle for less than a case is worth.

At Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC, we have the financial resources to fully fund your case all the way through trial to verdict. The opposing counsel knows we aren’t afraid to go to trial, because we have the skill and the financial backing to support litigation. Our track record of success in court is one of our greatest assets, giving us leverage in negotiations.

The clock is ticking; contact Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC today!

There’s truth to the old legal adage that he who sits on his rights loses them. Act today to assert your right to full, fair compensation for your injuries. Call Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC at 253-383-5388 or contact our Tacoma office online to arrange your free consultation.

Are You a Victim of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital Hepatitis C Exposure?
Our firm is actively taking on representation of clients who were patients at MultieCare-Good Samaritan Hospital and were exposed to Hepatitis C and perhaps other diseases. We are investigating the actions of MultiCare and its employees as well as the MultiCare system itself that led to this crisis occurring.

If you have information about this incident, or previous incidences of MultiCare employees misusing narcotic medications intended for patients, or if you have legal questions about this matter and your rights, our lawyers are available to assist you at 253-383-5388.
Case Results
  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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