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Merriam-Webster online defines a “contingency fee” as a “fee for services (as of a lawyer) paid upon successful completion of the services and usually calculated as a percentage of the gain realized for the client.” What that percentage is depends on the attorney and the type of case.
For example, the maximum contingency percentage for medical negligence (medical malpractice) cases against a health care provider is currently set by law in California Business & Professions Code section 6146:
- Forty percent of the first fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) recovered.
- Thirty-three and one-third percent of the next fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) recovered.
- Twenty-five percent of the next five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) recovered.
- Fifteen percent of any amount on which the recovery exceeds six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000).
For non-medical malpractice cases, contingency percentages range anywhere from 33-1/3% to 40% depending on the complexity of the case, the proximity to trial, and the amount of work the attorney anticipates will be required.
Most clients cannot afford to pay an attorney his or her hourly rate to represent them in a personal injury or wrongful death case. The contingency fee allows everyone to have access to the court system because attorneys are willing to front their time and money on behalf of the client. Contingency Fee firms, like Vaage Law, have a vested interest in providing the best possible representation in order to help their clients recover the full value for their harms and losses. If the case is lost without any recovery, the attorney receives no fees for services.
Pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death case can be expensive, especially if there are multiple experts required. Costs include everything from court reporter fees to expert fees. The average medical malpractice case can cost anywhere between $100,000 to $200,000 through trial or arbitration, and sometimes more. That’s why it is important to find an attorney who has the resources to front these costs for the client. At Vaage Law, we pay for the costs in advance and reimburse the costs from any recovery received. If we lose the case, we write off those costs; you will not owe us anything.
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More Than $150 Million Recovered
Our firm has recovered more than $150 million in compensation for our clients during our more than 35 years of experience. From the moment a potential client contacts our office, we are investigating and analyzing the case, looking at potential theories of recovery and determining what types of experts may be required.
Should you entrust your case to our firm, you can also expect the following:
- Reliable and consistent communication with the firm
- Thorough explanation of theories, potential settlement value, strengths and weaknesses of the case
- Focus groups to see how others in the community view and value the case
- Meticulous attention to detail
- Seasoned trial skills in the event the case does not settle
Speak with Our San Diego Personal Injury Attorney
We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our contingency fee policy. For the individualized and dedicated legal services you need for your San Diego personal injury or wrongful death case, turn to us at Vaage Law.