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How Much of a Wrongful Death Settlement in Texas Goes to the Lawyer?

Family members often worry about hiring a lawyer for their wrongful death claim due to the cost.  You may be dealing with grief as well as the strain of funeral costs, medical bills, or a significant loss of income for your family. Understandably, you want to ensure that a lawyer will not add to your costs. 

So how much do lawyers typically get for wrongful death claims? This amount will usually be between 33-40% of the overall award. At Grossman Law Offices, we would retain 40% of the award if you need to file a lawsuit. If we are able to settle your claim before filing suit, our percentage is typically closer to 33%.

How Do Contingency Fees Work?

Knowing what fee structure your attorney will use is vital when filing your claim. The amount of your settlement award that goes to your attorney depends on the fee arrangement your lawyer follows. Under our contingency fee model, you have to pay us only if you win. 

As noted above, the percentage you’ll pay is generally higher if you have to file suit. This is because it takes more time and costs more to pursue a claim in court than through settlement. If your suit is unsuccessful, you will not owe us a dime. The amount you pay your attorney comes from your settlement award.

What Are Some Benefits of Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney?

Navigating a wrongful death claim can be challenging, but we make sure victims do not go through it alone. Our lawyers at Grossman Law Offices are here to assist with every step of filing a wrongful death claim. Some advantages of having a wrongful death lawyer by your side are below.

We Can Help You Investigate the Incident

After a wrongful death, a skillful attorney can help you throughout the investigation process. For instance, we can assist with analyzing the circumstances that resulted in your loved one’s death. The investigation process may consist of hiring experts, collecting evidence, and more. We can also help ensure you adhere to the time limit on your claim.

We Know How to Take on Insurance Companies

When filing a wrongful death claim, you need an experienced lawyer who can fight for you. Insurance companies often try to offer the lowest amount possible to individuals filing a claim. Our talented attorneys understand what tactics insurance companies employ and how to help you maximize your recovery. Let our aggressive lawyers take care of the negotiation process for you.

We Will Take Care of Upfront Costs

Obtaining the settlement amount that you need can involve significant expenses. Our wrongful death law firm can help you with some of the upfront costs involved, such as:

  • Deposition fees,
  • Expert witness costs,
  • Court filing fees,
  • Fees for obtaining copies of police records,
  • Trial preparation fees,
  • The cost of obtaining medical records, and
  • Other relevant expenses.

These expenses may be necessary for us to obtain the best possible results for you. Costs will be taken out of your settlement award if we are successful. If we are not successful, you will not have to pay us.

We Can Help You Recover the Compensation You Deserve

If you hire one of our aggressive attorneys, we can focus on the details of your claim so that you can focus on healing. Our team will diligently negotiate on your behalf to help you receive compensation. Without an attorney, the insurance company is likely to significantly undervalue your claim, especially noneconomic losses like pain and suffering, which can make up a large part of your settlement. An attorney will help ensure that your settlement is fair and compensates for all types of damages.

How Our Compassionate Lawyers Can Help

As discussed, lawyers typically get 33-40% of the recovery for wrongful death. While the percentage can vary slightly depending on the lawyer you hire, we follow the contingency fee arrangement discussed above. If your family member has died due to another’s negligence, we can help you.

Our attorneys offer assistance 24/7 and can provide a free evaluation over the phone. Call us today to begin your free case evaluation at 855-326-0000.

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