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What does a personal injury lawsuit cost?

There is no way to know for sure what a legal action over a personal injury claim in Illinois is going to cost. Every case is different. The circumstances in each are unique. What you can be certain of is that under the contingency fee structure used by personal injury attorneys there is no cost to you until the case has been successfully completed.

In a car accident the variables that can affect how things proceed can be all over the board. Issues that come into play may include the seriousness of the victim’s injury, the level of negligence on the part of the other driver, whether there is any evidence of reckless behavior such as use or abuse of impairing substances and even whether defects in the vehicles or road condition contributed to the crash.

Because there are so many different elements, enlisting the help of experienced legal counsel is always advised. The objective of course is to ensure that you are positioned to recover the greatest level of compensation to which you may be entitled.

As with almost anything in life there are costs associated with mounting a personal injury claim. How much they are and which ones might apply depend on your case, the laws of your state and how the court system is structured. But there are certain costs that are common and which may be anticipated before making any decision on whether to proceed.

Here is just a sampling of possible charges that could be incurred:

  • Court costs and filing fees
  • Copying charges
  • Costs associated with mailings, faxes or phone calls
  • Paralegal and other staff time
  • Research or computer usage
  • Messenger services
  • Court reporter services and depositions
  • Expert enlistment and witness fees
  • Independent investigation costs
  • Case-related document serving
  • Travel

Bottom line, cases taken on contingency mean you have nothing to lose and much to gain by consulting with an attorney.