Delaware County Personal Injury Attorney Discusses DPW
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I paid my attorney 33 1/3 percent as well as $5,000 for depositions and $5,000 for her personal expenses. A portion was held for medical expenses for DPW in PA. Is there a time limit for DPW to settle? Should I receive interest on what she is holding? Is it fair to ask for itemized bills?
As an experienced Delaware County Personal Injury Attorney, I often speak to clients in regards to this matter. Your story appears to reflect a common outcome in personal injury matters, particularly those on the smaller side. A one third (33.3%) contingency fee is the industry standard for plaintiff’s attorneys. Additionally, it is routine for counsel to recoup expenses advanced for litigation costs – which include costs associated with depositions, mailing, investigation, and expert witnesses. The expenses associated with an expert witness can become particularly costly. Unfortunately, these expenses are necessary to put you in a strong negotiating position and, if need be, to prove your case at trial.
Finally, with respect to DPW… the Medicare Secondary Payer Act requires that a litigant repay the government for any medical expenses paid for by government provided healthcare. It is worth noting that private health insurers are also entitled to repayment for medical expenses advanced, if they are notified of the pending action and submit a letter notifying the litigant and/our counsel of their interest and lien on any case proceeds.
It is not at all uncommon for personal injury proceeds to be allocated (roughly) as follows: One third to the client, one third to counsel, and one third to the private or government lien holder.
Do you have questions about DPW? If so, contact experienced Delaware County Personal Injury Attorney Kevin Gibson to guide you.