Personal Injury FAQ

What does “personal injury” mean?

“Personal injury” is a general term that refers to lawsuits for bodily injury resulting from someone else’s negligence. This may include:

  • car and truck accidents
  • defective products
  • wrongful death
  • medical malpractice
  • premises liability (dangerous conditions on someone’s property)
  • injury from defective medicines
  • worker-related injuries

How much will an attorney charge me for a personal injury case?

Most personal injury cases are handled on what is known as a “contingency basis.” This means that the attorney doesn’t get paid unless he recovers money for you and the attorney is paid a percentage of the recovery as his fee. The fee will vary depending on the type of case and may be more or less depending on when in the process a settlement is achieved. In workers’ compensation cases, the fee is generally established by statute and is typically 25%. In auto and truck accident cases, the fee is generally between 1/3 and 40%. In product liability and medical malpractice cases, the fee may be as much as 45% due to the fact that the amount of the attorney’s time and investment will likely be much more. Fees are generally less the earlier the case can be settled. In addition to the attorney’s fee, the attorney’s case costs and expenses will also be reimbursed in the event of a settlement or verdict. Under most attorney’s contingency fee contracts, if there is no settlement or verdict, there is no fee.