CAN (SHOULD) A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER MAKE MORE MONEY ON A CASE THAN THE CLIENT?
While it may sound hard to believe, it is entirely possible that a personal injury lawyers fees turn out to be more than the client gets in the end. How this happens is as follows; a typical car accident claim with a bodily injury liability policy of $10,000.00, and the injured client has $5,000.00 in unpaid medical bills. If the lawyer takes his 1/3 fee the lawyer gets $3,333.33 and the client gets the remainder or about $1,666.67. For many personal injury clients this comes as quite a shock that the lawyer made more then they did on their case. Is this legal? Is this Ethical? Unfortunately the answer is yes, it is legal and ethical according to the Florida Bar. If you dont want this to happen to you, ask your lawyer if they will reduce their fees at the end of the case so that they dont make more than you. Ask them to give you this promise in writing at the start of the case. If the lawyer wont give you this promise in writing, they probably wont reduce their fees at the end and the above scenario could happen to you.
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