First, a contingency fee means that you only have to pay the attorney’s fee if he wins your case. The fee is a portion of the amount recovered from the insurance company or the individual. This is sometimes described as “no fee if no recovery.”
Most personal injury attorneys in Fairfax charge a one-third contingency fee in auto accident cases. This is true throughout northern Virginia – from Arlington to Loudoun to Prince William and Alexandria. However, we have heard of some attorneys charging as much as 40 or 45% for cases that require you to file a lawsuit. While cost should not be the sole determining factor in hiring an attorney, it is important to ask an attorney who charges a larger fee whether there is anything in your case that presents a particular challenge or requires a certain expertise.
Our firm charges one-third in all auto accident cases and our fee does not change even if your case goes all the way to trial.