AUSTIN, Texas — Lawyers who handle car injury claims in the U.S. are paid more than triple the average rate for other professions, according to a new report.
Lawyers charged nearly $17,000 for every $1,000 of their clients’ medical bills in 2015, according the new report by the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
The average rate was $1.63 per $1 of medical bills, or $10.84 per hour, according with the law school’s study.
The average lawyer charged $10,700 per hour for their time.
That’s nearly double the rate charged by their peers in the medical field, where the average hourly rate is $8.15.
In other professions in the study, attorneys spent less time on claims, including claims for wrongful death, property damage and injury, and property damage claims.
For the first time in the report’s history, Quinn Emanuel said lawyers charged higher fees for car injuries than other professions.
The rate for lawyers who handle medical claims was $7,000 per hour in 2015.
The median for the medical profession was $2,600 per hour.
The survey was based on responses from more than 5,000 lawyers across the country.
The median hourly rate for an attorney in the legal profession is $34,700, the report said.
A law firm’s hourly rate can be higher, but it typically is lower than the average.