Losing a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence is incredibly difficult. While navigating grief takes time, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help offset medical expenses and other costs resulting from the accident that took your loved one’s life so you can grieve in peace. But like all lawsuits, filing a wrongful death lawsuit will cost money. So, how much can you expect to spend when hiring an Atlanta wrongful death attorney and filing your lawsuit? Here’s what you need to know.

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The Exact Cost Depends on Your Settlement

Reputable wrongful death attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means you won’t pay them a cent until you receive your settlement after the lawsuit concludes. The amount they receive is a percentage of your settlement, but that percentage will vary from attorney to attorney. 

That’s why it’s so important to compare pricing structures with different law firms. You’ll want to choose an attorney who offers reasonable fees but has enough experience with cases like yours to increase your chances of winning a fair settlement.

The Fees You’re Responsible For

Creating a firm case takes money and while your attorney may not charge you anything upfront, you’ll still have to cover the following fees at some point during or after the lawsuit concludes. 

  • Attorney fees: The bulk of your costs will be paying for your attorney’s fees. Again, this will come out of your settlement and will be a set percentage of what you’re awarded.
  • Expert witness fees: Expert witnesses are often called in to show that your loved one died as a result of another party’s negligence. The rates for expert witnesses are typically several hundred dollars per hour. 
  • Deposition fees: Deposition fees are required when calling expert witnesses. These fees typically sit around $400. 
  • Court filing fees: The court charges administrative fees to file your lawsuit. The exact amount will vary by court, but you’ll typically have to pay about $300.

How to Lower Your Costs

While there’s no way to completely eliminate your costs when filing a wrongful death lawsuit and working with an Atlanta wrongful death attorney, there are some things you can do to keep your costs as low as possible. 

Start by meeting with several attorneys and law firms. Find out what their rates are and how they’ll charge you for their services. You can then use this information to choose an attorney that offers a balance of affordability and experience. Keep in mind that more experienced attorneys may cost more but could increase your chances of getting a fair settlement.

Don’t Let Fees Keep You From Filing

At Steven Jones Injury Law, we believe that everyone deserves the best representation possible. Our rates are fair, but we know that even fair rates can place a significant strain on your budget. That’s why we’re willing to match any attorney’s rate, even if it’s lower than our own. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you get justice for your loved one.