Our firm charges a standard 40% fee at the end of our clients’ Jones Act or maritime cases. Our clients do not pay for our services out of pocket, but instead, the fee is taken out of their settlement. If the case does not settle, our clients are not required to pay any fee or pay us back in any way. This is referred to as a “contingency fee.” Maritime injury cases work a bit differently from other accident cases, which is why the attorney fee is slightly more.
What Do We Do For That Fee?
During your maritime case we will do all of the following:
All of the above legal work takes a tremendous amount of time and effort for us to complete. And we draw upon our knowledge of handling hundreds of maritime and Jones Act cases and use that to benefit you.
You Don’t Have to Pay for Your Case
Unlike the attorneys hired by the company who charge hourly, we pay upfront for all costs for the entire case process out of our own pockets. We advance case expenses such as
By advancing these case expenses out of pocket, we’re able to get the experts and documents we need when we need them. This helps us gather the evidence we need to create the best case possible for you.
The downside, however, is that all our money is on the line. We pay for everything upfront without knowing whether we will get these costs back on your case. If your case doesn’t settle, we lose that money we invested.
Why do Car Accident Cases and Maritime Cases Have Different Fees?
Car accident cases = 33.3% attorney fees
Maritime and Jones Act cases = 40% attorney fees
Most people have heard of ‘injury attorneys’ who charge 33.3% for their fees. When they learn that we charge a 40% fee they ask, “why the difference?” It’s a good question.
Car wreck cases are very different from your maritime case. Typically, in car accident cases:
Your maritime or Jones Act case will be very different. In order to receive the highest settlement offer, your claim should be filed in court. Depositions will be taken on your case, pleadings will be filed in court, experts will likely be hired, and our attorneys will do a tremendous amount of work on your case. Maritime and Jones Act law is extremely specialized. Car accident law is very basic. This is why you see so many car accident attorneys and so few maritime attorneys, and even fewer specialized maritime attorneys.
Can You Hire a Maritime Attorney for Less?
Probably so. Honestly, some attorneys will tell you they will take your case for a 33.3% fee. But I suggest you watch this video to learn more about why you shouldn’t hire just any lawyer for your maritime case.
Watch out for ‘Escalating Fees’
Some attorneys will use an “escalating fee” which increases as they do more work on your case. But our contract doesn’t work that way. We charge a simple flat fee that never changes even if we go to trial and fight an appeal on your case after winning at trial. You don’t pay us more for doing our job.
Is Cheaper Actually Better?
When you choose to go with the cheaper option simply because it’s cheaper, you run the risk of hiring an attorney who may not know how to get you the compensation you need. If the cheaper attorney ends up settling your case for less, then the lower fee won’t do you much good. You’re left with less in your pocket than if you had gone with the “more expensive” and more experienced maritime attorney. And should a small 6% difference in an attorney fee really decide who you hire on your important case? The point is to do it right, and get the best result you can.
Before you decide to hire a cheaper attorney, ask yourself these questions:
The right expert hired in your case or the right deposition taken by the right attorney can make a tremendous difference in the value of your case.
The whole point is to get you back to a much better place than you are now. We get paid based on the value we create for you and your family. We truly view ourselves as being in this together with you.