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Kansas City Injury - How much do you charge?
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
If you've been injured in an accident, it is likely that the last thing you want to worry about is paying for an attorney. We understand just how you feel. For that reason, our initial consultation is free. Following your consultation we work on a contingency fee basis. That means we don't get paid unless you get paid. See below for more information about costs and expenses.
COST & EXPENSES
Following your free consultation with Attorney T. Morton your claim may require any number of steps. Resolution of your claim has several associated costs and expenses, such as :
ATTORNEY FEES - In personal injury and workers' compensation cases, the attorney's fees typically are thirty-three percent to forty percent. The lower end of the scale is for matter that resolve early on in the process. Those that near, or go to, trial are on the higher end of the contingency fee scale.
EXPERT WITNESS(ES) - Experts may be necessary for accident reconstruction, injury and/or medical treatment opinion, to testify about lost income/wages, etc...Many experts cost several thousands of dollars per case. Their input, and possible testimony, although expensive at times, could make all of the difference in the success of your case.
ADMINISTRATIVE FEES - Personal injury cases are document-intensive, for that reason the administrative fees may include costs for: copies (ex. hundreds of pages of medial reports), transcription, delivery of documents (sending documents registered or overnight mail), deposition fees (ex. court reporter fee), etc...
COURT FILING FEES - The fees associated with filing court documents can range from a few hundred dollars to, over the course of the claim, several thousand.
MISCELLANEOUS COSTS - There may be some costs that don't fit neatly into other categories but are necessary. Some examples of miscellaneous costs are the cost for an expert's overnight lodging, car rentals, travel expenses, etc..
HOW MUCH DOES A TYPICAL TRIAL COST?
We will prepare your claim for trial from the very beginning. Before your case goes to trial we will follow, among many other things, the steps noted above (in "Personal Injury Case Phases"). Should your matter not settle before court, here is what you can expect:
Jurors are selected (Voir Dire)
Opening statements are given by both sides
Witness testimony for the you (the plaintiff) and the cross-examination of your witnesses
Witness testimony for the at-fault party (the defendant) and the cross-examination of those witnesses
Closing statements from both sides
Your attorney will spend hours preparing and gathering the necessary documents, experts, professionals, exhibits, etc...long before trial begins. All that happens during the trial is incredibly complex but, typically handled by your attorney. The trial is typically one to two days long, and on rare occasions longer. The costs for going all the way through trial can quickly reach as high as one hundred thousand dollars, depending on the complexity of the the case. With that being said, the more complex, likely the more compensation you are seeking and may receive.
HOW IS COMPENSATION DETERMINED, IF I GO TO TRIAL?
Your attorney will be tasked with proving to the jury that you suffered injury, because of the negligence of the other party, and the party's negligence was the cause of your injury, and from that injury you suffered damages. Some of the damages the jury will consider include:
Loss of wages (past and future)
The permanency of the injury
The need for ongoing care (ex. physical therapy, home healthcare, etc...)
The severity of the injury
Loss of enjoyment of life
Loss of relationship with family and/or spouse, etc...
Determining the cost of the items you may have lost (ex. car replacement) because of your injury is typically simple. Placing a monetary value on the things listed above, and other intangibles, will take experts, professionals and an attorney willing to fight for your interests. Further, it will take an attorney that knows what you are entitled to be compensated for.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY CASE TO BE RESOLVED?
Given that we work on a contingency fee basis, we have an additional motivator for getting you what you deserve. Resolving a personal injury case can be as short as several days, or as long as several years. There are many factors that go into determining how long a personal injury claim can take to resolve, and Attorney T.Morton can adequately explain these factors to you. It is better to get an attorney, on your case, right away. Contact us for your free consultation 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
I NEED AN ATTORNEY. WHAT IS MY FIRST STEP?
The selection of Attorney T.Morton, and her personal injury team, is an important one and should not be taken lightly. We are dedicated to you and your case. We offer a competitive fee structure for winning your case. We will help you through the process and assists you in getting the compensation you deserve. The first step is to contact us for your free consultation 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
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