Whenever an individual is considering hiring a lawyer/firm for their case, one of their first questions typically has to do with Contingency Fee amounts, as this is a number that does vary from law firm to law firm.
The average contingency fee for West Virginia lawyers generally ranges between a 33 and 40 percent, depending on the complexity of the case. Contingency, of course, means you don’t have to pay the lawyer unless the lawyer wins the case, either at a jury trial or through a settlement, depending upon what you as the client prefer.
Some clients prefer settlements; other clients prefer to go to trial, which is something we at the Segal Law Firm always discuss with our clients so they make the best decision.
The contingency is a percentage and at our firm, in some very simple cases where the case resolves actually before a lawsuit has to be filed, we will even sometimes reduce the contingency fee to as little as 25 percent, but as a general rule of thumb, most lawyers in our state charge between 33 and 40 percent as their contingent fee, and usually costs are in addition to that—costs being things like court reporters, filing fees, ordering medical records—things you have to pay for in order to bring a lawsuit and get a case settled or tried for a client.
If you’re still confused or unsure about West Virginia contingency fees, contact us here or or call 855-344-9100.