Lawyers usually take on personal injury cases on a “contingent fee” basis, which means that the attorney handling the case receives a percentage of any money recovered on the client’s behalf. So when the attorney wins, the client wins. Thus, attorneys have every incentive to win their clients’ cases. Generally, if no money is recovered, the client is not responsible for any attorney fees.
Contingent fee arrangements are most beneficial to those injured parties who could not otherwise afford an attorney to protect their legal interests. Therefore, those injured as a result of another person’s negligence need not feel that they are unable to file a suit in civil court to recover damages for the injuries suffered.
HINT: Other cases that lawyers will commonly take on a contingency fee are those involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and medical malpractice.