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Old 07-08-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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Thanks a lot =)

If you have a source, that would be great.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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Thanks a lot =)

If you have a source, that would be great.
In Mass, it is 1/3rd unless other agreements are made. After a life altering head on auto accident I did manage to make an agreement with the lawyer for less than 1/3.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I've heard it can be one-third plus expenses and those expenses can be expensive.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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Thanks guys
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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70-30 ....always negotiable going in

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Last edited by Rance; 07-08-2009 at 09:53 PM.. Reason: Someone thought this was a racist post...
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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Thanks a lot =)

If you have a source, that would be great.
The only source that counts is the agreement you make with a single specific lawyer.

Typically any given law office will have a set of "standard" rates for a variety of situations. Hence there is work they will do on an hourly basis only. It makes a difference if the work is done by a paralegal or by an attorney. There are cases they will take on the contingency that they win an award, which they will get a percentage of. Sometime that might be 50%. Others might be 20%. Often it depends both on how risky it is and also on whether the case goes to trial or is settled.

Your best bet for low rates is when you have a sure "win" that will be settled without a trial. That means the attorney will spend a lot less time with it, and therefore can charge you less while making more.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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I have an open case in Florida, where I attend college from an accident in Alaska. The attorney I filed the claim with was recommended to me by my doctor. He said in Florida typically for these cases, they will reach a settlement before trial and the attorney will take 1/3 of the amount. He said, I don't know what percentage attorneys take in Alaska, but I will find out and we can use whichever is lower (something to that extent). I did sign a contract, he said I can drop my case without penalty and I will only be charged if I reach a settlement that I am happy with. I will call him tomorrow because the insurance company tried to contact me today to speak about a settlement. I put a lot of trust into him because I have been seeing my doctor for awhile, so I trusted her recommendation.

Am I doing the correct thing by waiting for my attorney to call the insurance company instead of me?

This is all new to me, so forgive my ignorance on the subject.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Is this a personal injury or a workers compensation claim?
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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I have an open case in Florida, where I attend college from an accident in Alaska. The attorney I filed the claim with was recommended to me by my doctor. He said in Florida typically for these cases, they will reach a settlement before trial and the attorney will take 1/3 of the amount. He said, I don't know what percentage attorneys take in Alaska, but I will find out and we can use whichever is lower (something to that extent). I did sign a contract, he said I can drop my case without penalty and I will only be charged if I reach a settlement that I am happy with. I will call him tomorrow because the insurance company tried to contact me today to speak about a settlement. I put a lot of trust into him because I have been seeing my doctor for awhile, so I trusted her recommendation.

Am I doing the correct thing by waiting for my attorney to call the insurance company instead of me?

This is all new to me, so forgive my ignorance on the subject.
Do not under any circumstance make any agreement with the insurance company without going through an attorney who represents you. If they contact you, you should refer them to the attorney who is representing you. (If you have any notions that lawyers are crooks and insurance companies are on your side, ditch them NOW. Your lawyer may or may not be a crook, your insurance company absolutely is.)

Consider also that the deadline for filing a suit is two years, and you can expect any reasonable settlement to take almost exactly that long.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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Personal injury case...drunk driver ran a stop sign going 50 mph, didn't even break, not even after impact.

Thanks Floyd, I'll be sure to pass everything to him.
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