How is a personal injury lawyer retained and paid?

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How is a personal injury attorney is retained and paid?

A personal injury lawyer is typically retained through a contingency fee agreement. This means the lawyer’s payment is contingent upon winning the case or securing a settlement for the client. The lawyer’s fees are a percentage of the compensation awarded, usually ranging from 25% to 40%. For example, Stanley Law Offices earns a third of the Maximum Award we recover for you in your case at the end of your case. There are no upfront fees; the lawyer gets paid only if the client wins the case. This arrangement aligns the interests of the lawyer and the client, as both benefit from a successful outcome. The specific terms, including the percentage and what expenses might be deducted, are outlined in the retainer agreement.

You pay nothing upfront when you retain a personal injury attorney. Once a paralegal initially discusses the details of your injury and situation first, and then an attorney reviews that information to determine if it’s a viable case, paperwork is sent to you to officially retain the attorney and firm on your behalf. Your consultation is free and no fee is paid to retain an accident lawyer.

When is your personal injury attorney paid?

Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. When a lawyer works on a contingency basis, they only get paid if they win the case. The Syracuse, NY personal injury attorneys at Stanley Law work on a contingency basis and generally collect one-third of the recovery.

Essentially, what this means as an accident victim, you don’t have to come up with upfront money to pay for legal services. Find out if you have a case, and hire a Syracuse personal injury lawyer.

Contact Stanley Law to find out how much a personal injury case is worth

If you’re seriously injured, it will bring you relief to know that your personal injury attorney is retained for free and paid once the firm wins your case. If you’ve been involved in an accident in Syracuse, NY that was caused by someone else or occurred on public or private property, call the Team at Stanley Law for a free and confidential consultation. If you have a case, we can help you identify the liable parties and pursue them for compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

1-800-608-3333. We’ll be there, for you.

Stanley Law has multiple offices in Central New York that are located at:


Syracuse Office

215 Burnet Avenue

Syracuse, NY 13203

Phone: 1-800-608-3333



Binghamton Office

84 Court St., Ste 414

Binghamton, NY 13901


Watertown Office

200 Washington St., Ste 407A

Watertown, NY 13601


Rochester Office

510 Clinton Square, Ste 521

Rochester, NY 14604


Montrose Office

22 Public Avenue

Montrose, PA 18801


Oneonta Office

Oneonta, NY