What will an injury claim really cost me?

Jan 9, 2024

Our lawyers work on a contingency basis for personal injury claims and our fee is based on a percentage of the final settlement amount. This means that you won’t pay us anything unless and until your claim is resolved. The percentage fee can vary by practice area depending on the type of claim or the timelines involved. Our percentage fee is flat and won’t increase over time.  

At Litco Law, you will never have to pay out-of-pocket for any legal fees while you have an ongoing injury claim.  

What are disbursements? Are there hidden fees on injury claims?  

At Litco Law, we will always be completely open with you about our pricing. In addition to lawyer fees, there can be additional costs associated with starting a legal action. There are often expenses associated with injury claims called disbursements. These are to be expected, but should never be hidden, nor should any other hidden fees pop up. Disbursements for injury claims can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the severity and complexity of your case. They include fees for things like:  

  • Accessing medical reports  
  • Gathering expert witness assessments and reports  
  • Accessing police reports for a motor vehicle accident  
  • Requesting charts from doctors and other medical providers  
  • Looking up land titles for slip and fall accidents  

We’ll always cover the cost of disbursements during your claim, which means that Litco Law pays for those expenses while your claim is ongoing.  

In most cases, your lawyer will be able to recover all the disbursements from the insurance company of the person(s) you made the claim against.  

Can you just tell us the fee already?!  

It’s not quite that simple. The percentage fee for our services can vary from case to case and depend on many factors. We know you’re likely comparison shopping (and you should be) but be wary of firms advertising one price online that could change over the course of your claim. Some firms charge staggered pricing which means that, depending on how long your case takes to settle or what stage the claim is at (i.e. does it go all the way to trial?), the percentage that got you in the door begins increasing. At Litco Law, we will agree on a percentage fee for our services during the consultation process. The percentage is based on the details of your specific case, and then if that works for you, you can choose to hire us, and that percentage won’t change.  

We recommend consulting with multiple lawyers (these consults should be free) and then comparing what you will be charged based on your specific case (make sure you see it in the written agreement and read carefully). And don’t forget to ask who pays for the disbursements! Cost is important but it’s not the only factor in finding the right fit. We think it’s important to feel comfortable, heard and understood, able to ask questions, and like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.  

So, how much?  

The short answer is every case is different. The industry standard for contingency fees typically lies in the range of 30-40%. Our fees are always competitive, and always discussed with and agreed upon by the client BEFORE they decide if they want to hire us or not. And we don’t get paid unless and until you get paid. At Litco Law, we will go over the details of your claim with you in a free consult and tell you what the fee would be up front, and why. And remember, we’ll cover the disbursements during the course of your claim.  

Have questions about injury claims?  

It won’t cost you anything to book a consult. And if you do choose to file a claim through us, you will not pay us anything until your claim is resolved. Contact us today to speak to a member of our legal team!  



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    IMPORTANT! If you agree to an insurance company’s settlement offer, you give up your legal right to pursue a personal injury claim. It is best to assess the full extent of your injuries and how they will affect your life before you accept an offer. Please note that you have a maximum of two years from the date of the accident to file an injury claim in Alberta.

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