Most cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. This means the injured victim or the victim’s family members are not responsible for any attorney’s fees or court costs until after a settlement is reached. This also means that the attorney does not get paid unless a recovery is made.
A personal injury lawyer fronts the litigation expenses, court costs and filing fees, and gets repaid out of the recovery amount.
By working on a contingency fee basis, the lawyer has an incentive to work the case as efficiently and effectively as possible since he or she does not get paid unless the case is won.