In most personal injury cases, a lawyer’s services are offered on a “contingency fee” basis, which means the lawyer’s fees will be a percentage of the final compensation the injured person receives. The percentage that a personal injury lawyer can receive in a contingency fee agreement varies, but typically ranges from 25 to 40 percent, and 33.33 percent (or one-third) is most common when a case does not require litigation. If for whatever reason, a client doesn’t have a favorable outcome in a case, then the lawyer collects no fees. The client is not expected to come out of pocket on anything.