Personal injury lawyers usually get paid based on the amount that is recovered as damages or an amount that both parties decide upon to be fair. Payment on the amount recovered is usually referred to as payment on contingent basis and if there is no recovery at all, the lawyer gets nothing after the case. The amount paid usually ranges from 30 to 40% of the total amount recovered for automobile collision cases. For more complex cases, a higher percentage is usually paid to the attorney.
Lawyer and client can agree on compensation
The plaintiff and the defendant can also decide to agree on a particular amount that they consider to be fair (see The Law Offices of Rodney K. Okano). For instance, the lawyer may request to be paid based on the number of hours he/she devotes to the case and the plaintiff agrees. This kind of agreement means that the plaintiff has to make prepayment of a certain amount while the rest are billed as the case progresses. This amount is binding and is paid whether they lose or win the case.