Resonable fees in a personal injury case due to medication.

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Resonable fees in a personal injury case due to medication.

I took a medication years ago and now am experiencing side effects that the pharmaceutical company covered up. I have contacted a law firm who are willing to take the case, however they are asking for 40% plus expences. I am wondering if this is a normal rate or too much.

Asked on June 24, 2009 under Personal Injury, Massachusetts

Answers:

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

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Personal Injury attorneys typically take 1/3 or more of the settlement.  You must have a good case, or they wouldn't even consider taking it.  40% does seem a little high, but still within the range.  There is nothing to prevent you from shopping around a bit.  Perhaps you can find an attorney who will do it for less, but compare the resources the attorney has at the firm he or she is with, and make sure they have the experience to handle a drug/product liablity case.  If you can find a good attorney to do it for 33%, go for it. 


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