Phoenix Accident Attorney Explains How to Determine When Attorney Fees are Unreasonable

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Man: What should I look for when hiring the right accident injury attorney? Jack Hirsch has been practicing injury and wrongful death law for over 30 years. He has handled thousands of cases exclusively representing accident injury victims. He is a State Bar of Arizona certified specialist and accident injury and wrongful death cases. He has been selected to Super Lawyers, Arizona’s Finest Attorneys, American Board of Trial Advocates, and America’s Top 100 Attorneys.

Jack: Hello, my name is Jack Hirsch. Thank you for taking the time to watch these videos. I am a Phoenix accident and injury lawyer that has practiced in this area of law for over 30 years. I’m a certified specialist in accident injury and wrongful death cases by the state of Arizona. The purpose of these videos is to answer the question, what should I look for when hiring the right accident injury attorney?

It is standard practice in car accident cases for attorneys to take those cases on what is called a contingency fee, meaning you don’t have to pay until the attorney recovers money for you. The standard fee charged by most accident injury lawyers is one-third of the amount recovered. Some attorneys charge a reduced fee down to as low as 25% for cases that don’t require litigation. Litigation is when a lawsuit is filed or arbitration demanded. Some lawyers charge as much as 40% of the total funds recovered. Look for an attorney who believes it is important to keep fees reasonable, such as starting with a basic fee of 25% of the recovery and not increasing that fee to more than 30% if the case requires litigation.

When comparing law firms or lawyers, be sure you know what the contingency fee percentage is for a case that is settled without litigation or with litigation. More than 30% fees for either scenario is too much. Attorneys and law firms that charge reasonable fees results in more money for you. After all, you’re the one who deserves the compensation. You’re the one injured. You should not be charged more than 25% for a case that doesn’t involve litigation. You should not be charged more than 30% for a case that involves any litigation.

Let me give you an easy example. Let’s assume your cases were $300,000. If most attorneys charged 33%, the attorney’s fees will be $100,000, leaving $200,000 for medical expenses and you, the client. A Hirsch & Lyon client with the same settlement of $300,000 would be charged 25% for attorney’s fees, leaving $225,000 for medical expenses and you, the client. That’s an extra $25,000 for you than firms that charge 33%. On a $1 million case, you would be paying an extra $83,000 in attorney’s fees, to those attorneys that charge 33%. At Hershey & Lyon, you get experienced, reputable, and compassionate legal representation at the lowest fees in Arizona. I challenge you. I challenge you to find more experienced lawyers at the lowest fees available.