Personal injury lawyers do not cost anything out of pocket. They do not bill hourly, nor do they require a retainer. Instead, they work under a “contingency fee” agreement.
Contingency fee agreements are often referred to as “no-win no-fee” agreements, because that’s exactly how they’re handled. Under no circumstances will you owe your attorney a penny in fees unless (and until) they win your case and put money in your pocket.
Under a contingency fee arrangement, your goals are aligned with those of your attorney and there’s no reason for them to delay and/or stretch out the length of your case. A personal injury lawyer will pursue compensation on your behalf with the understanding that they’ll receive a percentage of the award (usually 33-40%) in attorneys fees if and when a settlement or trial verdict is awarded and paid out.