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Who Pays for Costs for My Case?

Attorneys working on a personal injury case do so on contingency fee basis. In addition to the lawyer’s contingency fee, in Washington the Rules of Professional Conduct 1.8 mandate that the attorney be reimbursed for all costs expended on behalf of the client’s case. This means the client is solely liable for all costs.

The reason why costs must come out of the client’s recovery is to prevent a conflict of interest from arising. If the attorney is responsible for paying for all costs associated with a client’s claim without an expectation of reimbursement, a conflict would arise when an attorney may attempt to save money on a case by not hiring any experts or hiring cheap, inexperienced ones. Furthermore, since all an attorney can offer to a client is her time, if the costs for the case are high and come out of the attorney fee, the attorney will recovery nothing for her time or expertise in prosecuting the client’s case.

There are various costs that may be associated with prosecuting a personal injury claim. In no particular order, they may include:

  • Costs of copies
  • Travel costs such as for ferries and tolls
  • Filing fees
  • Service of process fees
  • Fees for obtaining medical records and billings
  • Court costs
  • Deposition fees and costs
  • Witness fees
  • Expert witness fees

Seattle Car Accident Law Firm understands that this is your case and works hard to keep the costs low for you. Before a cost is expended on your case, Seattle Car Accident Law Firm will talk to you about the costs involved and why such costs are needed. Open communication is important as we understand how important it is to be on the same page.

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  • "Successful defense: A family member was charged with a misdemeanor and then another later on. Ms. Hart was able to successfully defend them, and my family member wound up with no criminal record. She was easy to work with and very competent in my opinion. "  -Richard

  • "This was my fist time ( hopefully my last ) Melissa was with me every step of the way, she help me get the trust and confidence I needed and it all turned out good at the end and am very grateful for that.........THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP"  -Bas

  • "outstanding attorney! I found Melissa to be a true legal expert in the area of auto accidents. I have no doubt she got me the best possible outcome and reward for my recent two collisions..."  -Billy

  • "This review is extremely tardy, but VERY well deserved. In the spring of 2015, Melissa represented me in a delicate matter, and she was superb. Melissa not only knows her field, but she also TRULY CARES."  -Steven

  • "Very knowledgeable and super helpful: Melissa was recommended to me for assistance by my chiropractor and she was wonderful. I had a very successful consultation phone call and she helped me to organize and resolve my challenges."  -Jordan

  • "I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone needing a lawyer. My son had been in/out of jail for the last few years when he was arrested on felony drug charges and placed in King County jail..."  -Kimberly

  • "Great Lawyer: Melissa did a great job on my case, working with me every step of the way and keeping me informed. She was great and I would hire her again if I needed to (hopefully I won't need to)"  -anonymous

  • "A Lawyer With A Heart ❤️ : Melissa came in highly recommended to me by a friend. I have never done this process before and my stress level was to the max, because they waited the very last minute to proceed with my lawsuit..."  -Erica

  • "Exceptional Traffic Collision Lawyer: I would recommend Melissa Odama Hart to anyone who has been in a collision, whether you are at fault or not at fault. She has exceptional legal knowledge and judgment in collision law..."  -Amanda

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    155 NE 100th St.
    Suite 210
    Seattle, Washington 98125
    Phone: 206-402-5214
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