Generally, personal injury cases have contingent fees. This means attorney fees are charged only when the client wins. Clients and attorneys typically sign a written contingent fee agreement at the outset of the case.
An hourly fee or deposit is charged for legal services performed. The amount charged per hour is discussed by the attorney before any work is done. Bills are generally sent out on a monthly basis, showing what work was performed and how the attorney’s time was spent. There are certain matters that are billed at the conclusion; however, the attorney can usually estimate the fees at the outset and discuss which variables may affect the overall cost.
An attorney may ask for a retainer fee at the outset. You will still receive monthly bills to keep you informed of the work that has been done. When your case concludes, if there are retainer funds remaining, they will be refunded to you.