How much will it cost to hire a lawyer for my wrongful death case?
A wrongful death case is litigated generally on a contingency contract, just like any personal injury case. Often, you’ll see advertisements on television of, “We don’t get paid unless you get paid,” or, “We won’t make a penny unless we recover for you.” And that’s the concept of the contingency contract, and that is that when you sign a contract with a lawyer on a contingency basis, you are essentially giving that attorney 33 1/3% before suit, and 40% if suit if filed, of your eventual recovery.
By signing a contingency retainer for a wrongful death suit with a lawyer, you’re essentially giving them a third to 40% of the eventual recovery. You have a partner in your case, is what it boils down to.