Involved in a personal injury case? Worried about how much an attorney will cost? Good. You’re in the right place.

There are several ways a lawyer can bill. Before we get into that, you first need to shop around. Compare attorneys in your area, see if they are in your price range and determine what they offer. The cheapest lawyer doesn’t always mean you will save money. A specialist that charges more can most likely solve a complicated problem quicker than the “cheaper” guy.

Beyond cheap vs. expensive, learn the different methods of billing. This will help you negotiate what works best for your situation.

1. Hourly rate
Lawyers generally charge anywhere from $100-$400 an hour. Again, this depends entirely on the amount of experience they have.

2. Flat fee
In simple cases, a flat rate can be agreed upon. Make sure you know the exact amount. You don’t want to be surprised by hidden fees.

3. Contingency fee
Personal injury cases usually bill at a contingency rate. A percentage of the case results goes to the attorney. No money is billed up front. This means that if the case is lost, the lawyer doesn’t make any money either. Ask any of us at AKD LAW about contingency rates.