Information About Contingency Fees and the Costs of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Too often, families decide to not pursue legal action after the wrongful death of a loved one out of fear that they cannot afford to pay up-front legal fees.
This fear is unfounded. No family should deny themselves legal justice or fair financial compensation after a wrongful death because they fear they cannot afford legal fees. At Greenberg Stone and Urbano we work on a contingency fee basis in wrongful death lawsuits, as do most personal injury and wrongful death law firms.
What Are Contingency Fees?
The contingency fee is every man’s key to the courthouse, as it allows you not to worry about having to pay attorneys’ fees and costs up front. Contingency fees are dependent on the success of the wrongful death lawsuit. If we achieve a settlement or jury award on your family’s behalf, then we collect attorneys’ fees as a percentage of the total settlement or jury award. At the beginning of the relationship with each new client we agree in advance on the percentage amount, which is stated in the contract for legal services.
Using the contingency fee model for our attorneys’ fees gives us a strong incentive to work as hard as we can on your case, because winning your case is in our best interest as well as yours. If you collect nothing, we do not get paid for our work.
Why Don’t We Charge Hourly Fees or a Percentage in Advance?
We spend hundreds of hours investigating, negotiating and trying most wrongful death cases. If we charged our clients hourly rates for our legal fees, most families would not be able to afford our services — especially those families who really need the financial assistance offered by a wrongful death settlement.
We never charge attorneys’ fees as an up-front percentage of the anticipated recovery in a wrongful death case because we can never guarantee or predict the outcome of a lawsuit. A strong case can be weakened by factors we couldn’t predict at the beginning of the investigation. Likewise, a difficult case can be strengthened by a development that we could not have seen coming.
Instead of charging hourly rates or any up-front attorneys’ fees, we take the financial risk on your family’s behalf. This is not to say that we do our legal work for free — and we would never pretend that we do. However, we do shoulder the advance costs of the wrongful death lawsuit, recognizing that our services would be inaccessible to most families if we operated any other way.
Learn More About Wrongful Death Lawsuits
You may want to review the rest of our FAQ section for answers to other common questions about wrongful death claims:
- How do I file a wrongful death lawsuit?
- How long after an accident can a family file a wrongful death lawsuit?
- How do I file a petition to extend the deadline to file a wrongful death lawsuit?
- How are wrongful death lawsuits paid out?
- Who will pay for funeral expenses?
- Can a surviving spouse recover lost earnings with a wrongful death lawsuit?
- What kind of lawyer do I need for a wrongful death case?
If you still have questions, especially if your questions concern a recent death in your own family, consult an attorney as soon as possible.
Greenberg & Stone is an AV-rated* law firm with a nationwide reach. We are able to offer our considerable resources to families across the country because we work with an extensive network of local associate law firms. This allows our wrongful death lawyers to provide strategic advocacy along with a deeply compassionate approach and personalized service.
Find out how our approach can work for your family — regardless of where you live and where the incident occurred. Call toll free (888) 893-9846. Your family does not have to face the future alone.