Costs do not mean the contingency fee paid to your attorney. Costs are the expenses incurred by the personal injury attorney that is handling your case. Normally this includes fees for things like the court fees for filings; obtaining medical records and police reports; the cost of the court reporter and copies of the transcripts from depositions; expert witness fees; private investigator fees; mediation fees, etc. Usually you will receive a monthly bill for these expenses and the attorney will expect prompt payment.
In other cases the lawyer will pay for these costs and then deduct them from the settlement. Before you hire a personal injury attorney, you need to have a clear idea of what he considers as “costs” and how they will be paid. That understanding should be clearly set out in the fee agreement between you and the attorney.
Of course, the quicker you can settle your case, the lower your costs will be. If you cannot reach a settlement with the insurance company, then mediation is required for all South Carolina personal injury lawsuits.
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