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How Much does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost in Tampa?

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I’m often asked by my new clients how are they going to pay for my services to represent them in their personal injury claim. I can tell you that attorneys throughout Tampa in Florida represent clients involved in personal injury actions on what’s called a contingent fee basis and what that means is that our attorneys’ fees are contingent upon reaching a settlement or verdict in your favor. You don’t pay me by the hour, it’s unlike a family law case or criminal defense case where the attorney is asking for a retainer fee of five thousand or ten thousand dollars and then billing by the hour we don’t do that. And the beauty of that, is this system of a contingent fee agreement allows the client who doesn’t have that retainer fee who hasn’t been planning for any type of accident or crash it allows that client to go out and hire the best attorney possible to represent them on their case without any upfront money by the client.

So the way the contingent fee works is that we get paid out of the settlement only whether it’s by settlement before lawsuits filed a settlement after lawsuits filed or by trial those fees are set forth by the Florida Bar. The Florida Bar’s the organization in Florida that governs all the conduct of the attorneys in the Florida bar sets forth the fee at one-third of the recovery. One other thing that you need to know is that if there is no recovery by chance, that I can’t remember when that would happen, but if there is no recovery, there’s no attorneys’ fees. We are also expending a lot of costs on behalf of our clients as the case progresses. At the beginning, most of those costs are costs for obtaining medical records crash reports and things like that.

Typically if we can settle the case within the first six months of the fees, I mean the costs are going to be probably somewhere around a hundred dollars to a hundred and fifty dollars for those things in the typical case and the one thing you need to know is that if there is no recovery you do not have to pay us back any of the cost that we’ve advanced on your behalf. So the contingent fee agreement in a personal injury case allows you to go out and hire the best attorney possible to represent you in the case without any upfront money and the only time you’re going to end up paying the attorney is if the attorney makes a settlement for you or goes to trial and gets a favorable verdict.

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I have received nothing but the best service I can ask for from Mike Hancock’s office. He and his office are true professionals in every sense of the word. They guided me along the process and had outstanding communication. I am more than pleased with the services they provided, and I would definitely recommend them to anybody.

— Kayla Hamilton

From first to last interactions with attorneys Mike and Claire Hancock, to all the supporting staff and legals, the office has always been courteous, knowledgeable, and professional. They have always gotten right back with me when I had a question, and would not hesitate to highly recommend them.

—Debbie Smith

Absolutely fantastic! The Attorneys and its staff are very knowledgeable. Through my entire process they kept constant communication and the return of calls. I couldn't have made a better choice.Can’t say enough. Thank you, Mike and Gabby.

- L.C.

I want to express my thanks to you and your staff for handling my case. Your expertise and kindness in representing me was invaluable. Thank you so much for your professional and effective help. I won’t hesitate to recommend your firm to anyone who may need legal assistance

- J.M. of Tampa, Florida

I have no words to describe the wonderful experience that had been for me to do business with his legal firm . . . I really appreciate all the great effort that you guys put into my case.

- F.F. of Ocala, Florida

Heartfelt thanks to you for my check and for all your work for the extra check. I am so grateful to you. Appreciate everything very much! Special thoughts and prayers.

- So grateful to you

Thanks for the awesome service. You both did so much work on this and I appreciate it very much. This is a great outcome.

- P.Q. of Palatka, Florida

Mike and his team are awesome, emails are always responded back same day and the chiropractor recommendation was great. I was in a small fender bender but was always treated as if my case was worth a million dollars. I recommend his firm 1,000% you won't be disappointed.

- Chris

Your unwavering commitment to my family, and the love and compassion you have shown by your actions, and not just words, have had a dramatic, unforgettable impact on us all. Your kindness and level headedness in your representation has helped us be able to live a decent and stress-free life from here forward.

- P.M. of Brooksville, Florida

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