Most personal injury lawyers will initially review your case and a give you an opinion without charge. If you and your lawyer agree to pursue your claim, a personal injury lawyer generally will take the case on a “contingent” fee basis.
In other words, the lawyer gets paid only if you receive a recovery by settlement or judgment in court. Because a personal injury lawyer risks his time on your case, you can expect a fee of about 33 1/3 percent of the total recovery.
If your case goes to trial or an appeal to a higher court, the percentage could be slightly higher in some cases. Make sure to discuss a fee arrangement with your attorney at your very first meeting.