Throughout the United States, most attorneys who practice in the area of personal injury law charge a contingency fee of 1/3 of the gross settlement amount. In fact, in some states, the attorney cannot charge more than this. Normally, an attorney who settles a case without having to file a lawsuit, will charge 1/3 of the gross settlement amount as his attorney fee. If the attorney does not settle the case at all, then he should not charge the client anything for his time. Only, if the contingency is met (which is getting a recovery for the injured client) will the attorney get paid for his work.
If the insurance company fails to offer a settlement or denies the claim for some reason, then the attorney can file a lawsuit in the District Court in the County in which the accident happened or where the defendant resides. After a lawsuit is filed, then most attorneys charge 40% of the gross recovery as an attorney will have to work more and has more at risk in costs of litigation. Personal injury attorneys normally will advance all the costs in bringing a case to settlement or to a jury trial. So, normally the client is not asked to pay costs up front and the attorney will recover his costs out of the eventual settlement.
Some attorneys in Colorado charge more than 1/3 of the gross settlement and may try to charge you 35% or more. I personally believe this is too high of a percentage and would recommend that all injured clients stick with an experienced personal injury attorney who charges only 1/3 pre-suit and 40% after a lawsuit is filed. Do not let an attorney charge you more than these “normal” fees. If an attorney tries to charge you more in fees, then I believe this attorney is overcharging and this is bad for the lawyer profession. Please do not hire an attorney who tries to overcharge you from the very start.
There will be some cases that are very small in nature and will not be financially worthwhile to pursue at the Court house. We understand that every injury case is extremely important to the injured client and we will work as hard as we can to get you the best recovery. However, some cases must be settled prior to entering the courthouse just based on costs and the time consuming process of litigation which could take 1-2 years or more. Also, we have to look at the particular county where a case is to be filed. Some counties are notorious for very low personal injury verdicts while other counties are more favorable to personal injury victims. We can search the jury verdicts in each county and see where your injury and liability situation would stand if we mutually decided to take the case to Trial. Again, you cannot file a case in any County of your choosing and the court must have proper venue and jurisdiction for your particular accident.
Why choose Ryan Malnar as your personal injury attorney?
- Talk to an experienced lawyer, not a paralegal or junior lawyer.
- I pledge to you that I will personally handle your case from start to finish.
- I promise to always fight for you and your family.
- I care about my clients just like family and you can always personally talk to me anytime day or night.
- I can come to your home, office or hospital with no obligations.
- I don’t get paid unless I recover money for you. If I don’t win your case, you don’t owe me a dime.
- I promise to listen to your story and stand by you.
Testimonials for Malnar Law, P.C., the Colorado Springs personal injury attorney
Includes reviews for the Allen Law Firm, now part of Malnar Law, P.C. Doug Allen is an "of counsel" attorney for Malnar Law, P.C. as of 2018.
I recommend Malnar Law for your legal problems. Ryan has advised me on several different issues I have been facing. He is very prompt and doesn't waste your time. If I am ever in a car accident, I will call Ryan Malnar.
Sheldon Stagman 2017-07-19
Ryan is a dedicated hard working lawyer, who truly cares about his clientele. any questions or concerns I had he immediately was able to provide accurate answers, he's the guy I want in my corner!
Tony Patalano 2017-07-19
The financial cost of a car wreck adds to the pain and suffering that follows. My car was total loss and the financial expenses were greater than I could have ever expected they would be.
Immediately after my car accident, and for several weeks afterwards, I was in shock. I was in emotional distress and feeling afraid. Dealing with my insurance company was exacerbating my stress level. Seeking help from Mr. Malnar is one of the best decisions I've ever made. His knowledge and determination minimized my worries. Thanks to his expert advice I am on the road to recovery & I was timely compensated for the property damage.
ROSANNY DEL CARMEN 2017-07-19
Mr Malnar was amazing! Excellent in his practice, he is friendly, professional and extremely proficient. Prompt at responding in every time of need. Couldn't have chose a better attorney to represent me! Cannot stress enough how pleased I am with this practice.
Sonya Yslas 2017-09-15
I was went to car accident last of year of October 29 2016,
and I call ryan to help me in my car accident, ive been suffer in couple months because of pain, but ryan did everything to help me to get better, ryan is the best to call when it comes to accident because, he will do everything to get you better.
jhie broqueza 2017-12-19
Although my case wasn't a personal injury claim, Mr. Malnar agreed to represent me on another matter and I was very impressed with the professionalism of Mr. Malnar and his firm. From the ease of uploading documents important to my case on the firm website, the prompt communication from Mr. Malnar regarding my questions, and the representation in court, I was glad Malnar Law was on my team. I was also very impressed with the promptness of the billing and the fairness of the expenses. I didn't feel as if I over-billed or nickeled and dimed for every phone call and email. I would certainly consider having Malnar Law represent me again in the future (if needed).
Richard Riddle 2018-02-19
I was involved in a automobile accident in March 2017. While stopped in traffic waiting for the light to turn green I was rear ended at full speed by a distracted driver. A friend recommended Ryan Malnar to me to take care of things. From my first meeting until the last, Ryan and his team have thoroughly impressed me with their compassion and willingness to work to get me exceptional results. Ryan will work to get you the maximum amount possible. My case was resolved in 12 months. I would definitely recommend Ryan Malnar to my friends and family! V. Fox
Jeff Fox 2018-03-19
This law firm was the best decision I made to assist me in one of the hardest times of my life. I was in a rollover car accident with my daughters and was the scariest experience I had ever been in. They represented all three of us and took care to every detail, from the legalities and the injuries.The kindness and grace they showed me throughout the entire process turned a horrible situation onto the best possible outcome!!! I would highly recommend anyone needing help during an accident to absolutely seek this firm out.!!!
Janelle Pinson 2018-04-19
Very satisfied with the service! Doug took care of everything, and even came to our house - which makes it so much easier when you have a broken leg.. Recovered the maximum amount within a month! Answered all of our calls and emails in a timely manner. I definitely recommend this attorney.
Vlad S. 2018-01-31
Mr. Allen took my case from a place of disadvantage to positive outcome. From the first moment, my story and condition were advocated to the highest standard of legal professionalism. Frustrations, uncertainty, and possibilities were evaluated and capitalized upon to provide me the best possible settlement in my auto injury case. I’m really glad I’ve had the opportunity to befriend the area’s foremost accident and injury attorney. Thanks Doug!
James Wolford 2018-01-25
Got hit head on East of Springs and it banged me up pretty badly. Chose Doug and he was at my house the day after I was released from the hospital. Even drove me to one of my ortho appointments. He gave me a no BS assessment of what my legal options were. Every phone call, text and visit was with Doug personally, not a paralegal pre-law student. That meant every stupid question I had was for the guy who has been doing this for years, not an administrative aid. The settlement came in pretty quickly, but admittedly my case was pretty cut and dry. His fee was right on line with what the industry standard is, but there were no little extra fees that I've heard horror stories about. Even after paying his retainer I walked away with lot more than had I not called him at all and just took what they handed me. Getting hit head-on at highway speed could never be called a positive experience, but I'm glad I called Doug and I'd recommend him to anyone. I'm a real reviewer, so feel free to contact me through my username and verify. I'd recommend him to anyone. Hopefully, I won't need an injury attorney again anytime soon, but he'll be the guy if I ever do.
Vincent King 2017-01-26
Recently we used the services of Mr. Doug Allen. We were so pleased with his personal attention that made it easier to get thru the process. His work ethic is superb...offering advise, gathering information, filing the paperwork in a timely manner and getting RESULTS QUICKLY. Doug is personable and friendly; he puts one at ease the whole time. He even traveled from Colorado Springs to Pueblo several times working on the case. Call Doug Allen. You will be happy you did!
Gregoria Vallejo 2017-03-12
I highly recommend Doug Allen as a Personal Injury Lawyer in Colorado Springs. Why? I was rear ended at a red light; the other person was ticketed and had an obscure form of insurance from another country despite being American (I am guessing he couldn’t get insured here). I needed to talk to a lawyer and I didn’t know any lawyers, most of my friends didn’t know any lawyers either. I then had 2 choices; go with lawyers recommended from a tv commercial or one recommended on the web. Turns out if you look on the web, the ones from the tv commercials have really low ratings which is probably why they need the commercials, so I went with the web recommendations. Within a year of the accident I tried a web lawyer from a large law firm and called for an appointment with said lawyer. Who walks in? Not the guy from the web, some lower level associate, I didn’t even meet the lawyer to whom I had requested the appointment. The associate who I did meet told me I had to complete medical treatment before seeking a lawyer as I was still being treated. He also said I had 3 years from the accident to obtain a lawyer. My lesson was this was not the law firm for me. After my medical treatments were completed about a year and a half later I went to a lawyer recommended by a friend who now advertises via tv commercials. She told me international polices were notoriously small, as did the previous lawyer. Then she said she would review all my medical records and then talk to me. Instead, I received a letter telling me she wasn’t interested in my case. When I retrieved my medical records she didn’t even have 1/3 of them. Again wrong lawyer. So I was back to the drawing board again. I started again with the list from the web, and I spoke to lawyer after lawyer explaining everything including that the insurance company the other person had was from outside the US. They each pushed me off onto another lawyer, then another, etc. saying they were too busy and I wasn’t giving them enough lead time. I finally called Doug Allen, as he was one the previous lawyer recommended and he immediately offered me help. Doug Allen was the ONLY one to offer me help. He had me see a doctor to get a medical opinion from someone he trusted who could review my records and told me he was sorry I hadn’t called him first. He prefers to help people right after an accident, making sure they get the right medical treatment throughout, but is willing to help anyone at any stage. Doug also told me as did the first 2 that insurance policies from outside the US rarely have large values. Despite the short time frame, and the insurance company from another country, and potentially not making a lot since the international polices were low; He took my case. Without going to court, he worked with the other company who paid out to the full amount of the small policy that person had. I am grateful for his help in closing my case quickly, out of court and for the full amount.
Karen Ollerman 2017-03-28
My teenage daughter was involved in a serious auto accident. We contacted Doug Allen after seeing his positive reviews. To my surprise he was the one that answered the phone. From that moment forward he was very responsive and helpful. He visited my daughter in the hospital that same day. He subsequently settled her case with the insurance company in a very timely manner. I would highly recommend him.
Paul Martinez 2017-02-25
Excellent personal injury attorney. Doug Allen handled my car accident case when other local attorneys told me that my case was too small. Doug did get me a very fair settlement from the at-fault driver's insurance company and I was very happy. Doug is honest, trustworthy and you can call and talk to him everyday if you want. I talked to Doug about 8 times per week and each time he was always courteous and explained things in a way that I could understand what was going on in my case. Do not trust the TV lawyers as they have paralegals doing all their work. Doug Allen personally handles each and every case himself!!!!
John Richards 2017-02-10
I found Doug's information via Google search and found all of these 5-star positive reviews and in my experience so far, he has fully lived up to the perfect reputation. He walked me through the processes every step of the way and explained everything very clearly. No empty promises, no boasting of previous cases, no runaround; just straightforward, honest, helpful representation. I definitely could not have worked my way through this case without Doug's help!
Vince Vergara 2017-01-23
Doug is very professional to work with. He took care of everything in my insurance case so I could focus on healing. He answered all my question and kept me informed of my case. I recommend his service to anyone.
L B 2017-01-23
Doug was out of the country when I first contacted him about my accident. His response and communication with me was fast and informative. Hopefully I will never need another injury lawyer but if I do I will be using Doug again.
Alex Harroun 2017-01-23
Doug Allen has helped my boyfriend and I in the process of after our accident. He recommended us to one of the best chiropractors. He is dedicated and determined to help us in any way possible. Any questions or concerns we have, he is right there to answer. I sincerely recommend him.
Delacia Tibayan 2017-01-22
I had an auto accident on 2 September 2016. The CSPD deemed it a hit and run case. I wasn’t quite sure who to call being that it was my first accident. Everyone knows dealing with insurance companies can be nerve-racking. I searched for a Personal Injury Attorney in Colorado Springs and ran across Doug’s webpage. What caught my eye were the outstanding reviews this man had received. I decided to give him a shot. In turn, I received a free in-depth professional consultation from him. This man has been to all my first time medical appointments with my Chiropractor, Pain Management Specialist, and Orthopedic Surgeon. He is quick to respond to any of my questions and has helped every step of the way with my case. If you are looking to find a TOP-notch experienced personal injury and accident lawyer, then look no further. Not only do I consider Doug an OUTSTANDING personal injury lawyer who strives in providing top quality legal advice, but also a friend.
Andi D 2016-11-30
Doug Allen helped me with my car accident. Sent me to the best doctors. Easy to talk to, honest, dedicated. He is the best attorney in CO. He will answer all the questions. I definitely recommend him.
Aslan Gigolaev 2017-01-21
We hired Doug after being disappointed with one of those high profile, heavily advertised attorneys. Doug's service has been like night and day. He visits us, emails and calls personally. He picked up the case and is running with it. We are happy with his personal attention.
D Ellis 2016-10-31
Doug is outstanding with detail, quick to respond and very well qualified to help with your personal injury need! He listens and works hard for the best outcome possible in ALL his cases. A five star professional and who I want on my team!
Tory Hoefar 2016-10-10
Douglas Allen es un muy buen abogado. Ha estado muy pendiente de mi caso y me ha ayudado en mi proceso con mi lesión personal. El es muy amable, me escribe y llama siempre. Yo agradezco mucho su servicio. La verdad lo recomiendo mucho, si usted tiene un accidente no dude en llamarlo ademas porque habla español.
Hector Ortiz Lopez 2016-09-06
As a concussion management specialist, I appreciate Doug's simplistic, clean approach to personal injury cases. The legal aspect of cases involving motor vehicle accidents can be overwhelming for patients. Doug has the experience and skill sets to take the worry away!
Brad Gulla 2016-08-25
Mr. Allen helped me recover a huge settlement in my personal injury case. You can always reach him on his cell phone and he will call you back at 10 pm if he needs too. Doug also helped me get to the doctors and found me excellent medical care. He is the best attorney that I have ever seen and wish him all the best!
Billy Pascalli 2016-08-2
Mr. Allen is very smart when it comes to handling personal injury cases. I know that he has more than 20 years handling personal injury cases, car accidents, slip and falls and dog attacks, among many other cases against insurance companies. I would highly recommend Doug for your personal injury case and since he is licensed in Colorado, Florida and Hawaii, he also has a lot of experience fighting the insurance companies.
Brad Temple 2016-08-3
Doug Allen handled my car accident case and he is the best and most honest attorney that I have ever seen. He is also my father and I have seen him work so hard for more than 20 years, doing personal injury cases and honestly getting the highest settlements for each and every client. If you want a hard working, honest and caring attorney, this is the one!
Natasha Allen 2016-08-1
My father and I were referred to Doug Allen by another attorney that I was very familiar. Doug has been very personable and easy to get in touch with via email or phone on a daily basis. The settlement was processed in a very speedy manner.