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Contingency pay if you win percentage lawyer fees – How much is fair?

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS WHITBY, OSHAWA, AJAX, PICKERING, Toronto Region (GTA) – FEES (contingency, pay if you win percentage lawyer fees – How Much is Fair? – What Percentage is Fair??)

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INJURY LAWYER FEES TORONTO ONTARIO

Many industry watchers have noted that the percentage contingency fee being demanded by Toronto injury lawyers for car accident injury or slip and fall injury cases has went up in recent years.  It is not uncommon to now hear about lawyers demanding as much as 25% or even 30% of an injured plaintiff’s damages claim settlement with the insurance company (plus a costs contribution from the insurance and disbursements).

There is no “standard” legal fee or “regular” legal fee – it’s all subject to agreement.  Some firms charge a lot more than others.  In some cases, some of the old established firms have simply always charged less and have never moved to a higher fee retainer agreement – so they actually charge less than the smaller and newer firms.

There are rumours that some law firms may charge you more than others because of how they got the file.  If the file was “referred” to them then they may charge you a higher fee because they have to pay a “referral fee” to whoever sent you to them and their costs are higher.  

The amount of the fee is usually agreed to at the beginning in your retainer agreement with your lawyer.  In certain cases, the amount of the fee can be reviewed and over-turned later.  If you are concerned about the fee that you are paying, it is better to look into this sooner than later.  This is especially true if you want to switch lawyers, since the old lawyer will want to be paid for some portion of the time that they have spent and it is better to do this earlier.

Although many lawyers are now demanding considerable fees, there are some lawyers in Toronto who have not moved to that model yet.  Some law firms remain at the point of charging 20% of the damages award as their legal fee, or even 15% of the damages award for more serious injury cases.

Consultations are always free and you do not pay unless you win.

If you want to do your research and really consider whether a quoted legal fee is fair you are free to contact us at www.personalinjurylawlawyer.ca  416-710-3268 or in Oshawa/Whitby/Durham at 905-409-2438.   Feel free to call and ask “what legal fee is fair with my injury lawyer?”

We look forward to your call at 905-409-2438.

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 Personal injury lawyers Whitby, Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Toronto in car accident claims, settlement, and lawsuits and mishaps (e.g. slip and fall, dog bite, disability denials, injury, accidents) resulting in personal injury. Serving Whitby, Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Toronto and Southern Ontario

 

About The Author

Personal Injury Lawyer-Whitby

Steven Polak is a personal injury lawyer in Whitby, Durham and Toronto Ontario who works as part of the team of over 100 lawyers at Lerners LLP, he assists injury and disability victims with motor vehicle accident lawsuits, accident benefits cases, disability benefit denial cases, slip and falls, and other injury claims.

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