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Some Morgan & Morgan Reviews Are Wrong, Part 2

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Some Morgan & Morgan Reviews Are Wrong, Part 2

Morgan & Morgan Reviews Part 2

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In an earlier post, I said that some Morgan & Morgan reviews were wrong because some reviewers believed that an auto accident or other injury lawyer shouldn’t charge clients a percentage of their recovery. As I said before, that’s impossible.

One reviewer claimed that he didn’t receive a high enough percentage of the recovery for himself.  I do not know the specific numbers in his case.  But, many people do not know how the final number is calculated in Florida car accident & other personal injury cases.

How Are Car Accident & Other Personal Injury Settlements Calculated?

There are three main categories of fees & costs that MUST be deducted from any car accident or personal injury settlement or verdict: (1) attorneys fees (which I explained in this and this post); (2) costs; and (3) the clients’ medical bills.

What Are The Costs In Auto Accident & Other Injury Cases?

Costs (item #2) confuse some people.  I don’t know how these are handled in other law firms.  But, in my cases, I don’t earn a penny from costs. This is money that we must pay other people or companies to help with the case.  Plus, we can’t do a good job without spending the money.  The costs include things like paying a process server to serve a complaint, paying a court reporter to transcribe a deposition, or (the biggies) paying experts to testify in cases, such as medical doctors who must give their opinions.  Sometimes we must have medical testimony to prove debatable injuries or causation of injuries.  Trust me, doctors are VERY expensive, and they do not work on contingency.

In any event, cost involve required case work not typically performed by law firms.  But, again at least in my firm, we get no money ourselves from paying them.  Nothing.  No kick-backs, which are not permitted, or anything else.  Nothing.  But we must spend this money to handle many cases.  This is another aspect of our risk.  Meaning, if we pay necessary costs, but you recover nothing, we recover nothing for our time.  Plus, we lose whatever we spent in costs.

How Costs Can Be Minimized In Accident & Injury Cases

I do everything possible to minimize costs, including spending the least money possible until we are sure that the case isn’t going to settle.  I am very sensitive to clients who do not understand these costs are necessary.  Plus, no matter how much I explain, I still know that clients want and need the most money possible.  So I am religious about minimizing these costs.  Sometimes they are simply unavoidable.  The bottom line is that we only spend this money when we think, in our best judgment, the client’s potential final outcome justifies the expense.  That means we think the client will probably get more money in their pocket if we spend more.

How Are Medical Bills Paid From Accident & Personal Injury Settlements?

Clients also get confused sometimes by their own medical bills.  Florida law requires us to pay these in most cases.  They are part of the client’s recovery.  In other words, the client can recover past and future medical bills caused by the car accident.  But, if a health insurance company has paid these bills for the client, then we must repay the health insurance company BEFORE we pay the client.  That means we must subtract that amount of money from the client’s settlement, then send a check to the health insurance company.  Same thing for doctors or other medical providers who might have worked on credit, or have any outstanding balance.  They have liens against the proceeds, and we must pay those.

Medical Bills From Auto Accident & Other Injury Cases Can Often Be Negotiated Lower

Another way we try to help clients is by negotiating existing medical bills with the health insurance companies and doctors.  We do everything possible to reduce those amounts.  We can often reduce the amount the client owes to health insurance companies by a large percentage. That puts more money in the client’s pocket.

In part 3, I will explain what I think has really caused a misunderstanding regarding fee & cost amounts for many Orlando injury attorneys and their clients.

Related Posts:

Some Morgan & Morgan Reviews Are Wrong, Part 1

Top Ten Ways To Get The Most Money From Your Car Accident Case

How Motorcycle Accident Cases Are Different

Why You Should Call Tina

 

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About the Author:

Tina Willis is a Florida & Georgia personal injury & wrongful death attorney. This includes auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, products & premises liability cases, as well as medical malpractice cases. Ms. Willis operates a boutique law firm from Orlando, Florida, focused on maintaining a reasonable case load so that she can provide personalized service to each and every one of her clients. She spends a tremendous amount of time helping her clients understand how they can help increase the value of their cases, sometimes significantly. After graduating second in her class from Florida State University College of Law in 1995, Ms. Willis worked as an attorney for two large Atlanta defense firms, where she practiced employment and excess insurer defense. Ms. Willis also worked as a professor of Civil Procedure & Advanced Legal Writing at Barry University in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Willis has a "superb" AVVO rating, and was selected by the National Trial Lawyers, as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer." She now devotes her passion and compassion to her unwavering goal of helping her clients fully achieve the justice they deserve, in the form of maximum compensation for their injuries and losses. Before you hire another law firm, you owe it to yourself to hear what Ms. Willis has to say. Consultations and representation never cost you a penny until she wins your case.
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