Contingency Fees and Your Personal Injury Case.

Issues in Personal Injury Law

It is common in British Columbia for lawyers to provide legal services in personal injury cases in exchange for a contingency fee. A contingency fee is a percentage of the amount a case settles for. In British Columbia, the law society has set a maximum that lawyers are allowed to charge in personal injury cases at 33 and 1/3 % (a third). Different lawyers will charge different rates. However, the fee alone should not be the determinative factor when choosing a lawyer. A better lawyer should be able to get you a higher overall settlement and a higher net payment, even if they are charging a slightly higher contingency rate.

There are advantages to both lawyers and clients in the contingency model, as opposed to the alternative, which is charging at an hourly rate. The advantage to the client is that they do not have to pay for a lawyer…

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