Generally, there is no fee for talking to a personal injury attorney about your claim. The initial consultations are typically free and provide a way for you to learn more about your case while the attorney determines if he or she can be of assistance.
About the Contingency Fee Arrangement
Usually, in personal injury cases, once an attorney makes a commitment to represent you and/or your family, you are only charged a fee if the attorney successfully obtains a recovery for you. This fee is calculated as a percentage of the recovery. This is referred to as a contingency fee agreement.
In Nebraska, this percentage is typically one-third, or 40% if the case must be placed on file with a court. Expenses necessary for pursuing an injury claim may be advanced by the attorney.
If an attorney is successful in obtaining a recovery for you, these costs are then reimbursed to the attorney from your portion of the distribution. If nothing is recovered on your behalf, you will generally not owe the attorney any fees or any case expenses, depending on your circumstances. However, this may vary from one attorney/client contract to another.
Refer to Your Contract
Nebraska law requires a written contract between an attorney and their client in a contingent fee personal injury case. This protects the interests of both parties.
If you have questions about how service fees at Steffens Law are calculated, please call our office for assistance.