This article is by Leon Prescott, an attorney with Raiser and Kenniff
This is a great question, and one that’s asked often. Many people wonder how much personal injury lawyers charge their client. Contrary to other forms of law, most personal injury lawyers work on what is known as a contingency fee basis. Contingency fee means – the attorney doesn’t charge you an upfront fee. Moreover, he does not charge you any fees during the duration of the case. The only time the attorney can, and will, charge you a fee – is if he is able to win you money.
It’s typical in this arrangement for personal injury attorneys to charge 1/3 of the overall settlement, or verdict, as a form of compensation. In some cases, if you have a weak case – the attorney may ask to be paid on an hourly basis. This is not a typical form of compensation. Most attorneys prefer working on a 1/3 basis of compensation.