In the area of personal injury law, most attorneys are paid at the time of settlement. You do not pay anything up front, and if for some reason your lawyer does not recover money for you, you do not pay him or her. Many injury lawyers have simple contingent fee structures. This means that lawyers take a percentage of the settlement (usually 1/3, or 33 percent). This fee compensates them for their time and effort and the costs of acquiring your medical records, getting photos and video evidence from investigators, etc.
If you have a particular question about an attorney’s fee, make sure to ask him or her about it during your initial consultation.