At the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd., all of our personal injury cases, including car accident injuries, motorcycle accident injuries, and boat accident injuries, are handled on a contingent fee basis.
A client pays no attorney’s fee until and unless we produce a monetary recovery for that client. Recovery may be achieved by settlement, arbitration award, or judgment by a jury or from a judge. The method by which a recovery is obtained does not affect the fee a client pays.
Most non-workers’ compensation cases are handled on a one-third contingency fee basis. The primary exception is medical negligence cases, which are handled on a sliding contingency fee scale which graduates down from one-third as the amount of the recovery increases. Workers’ compensation cases are handled on a 20% contingency fee basis.
The attorney’s fee does not include client costs, which are the client’s responsibility. Our firm will usually advance these costs during the time the case is being handled. Client costs are out-of-pocket expenses that are incurred on the client’s particular case, for example, court filing fees, court reporter fees, and expert witness fees.