When are fees taken out ofan injurysettlement?

My case was settled and the lawyer took his 40% cut. My problem is he took it before any of the medical bills were paid. $16500 is settlement; his 40% is $6600; medical bills $3179′ my cut $6623. I feel it should be divided after all medical bills are paid, is there anything I can do to fix this?

Asked on July 29, 2010 under Accident Law, Alabama


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

What occurred here is the normal procedure for order of payment in a settlement.  The attorney's fee is paid first.  Then, liens (medical bills) are paid.  The remaining balance is paid to the client.

Considering your total medical bills, the settlement of $16500 is quite reasonable.

Since the case has been settled, nothing further can be done to change the outcome.

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