If the lawyer does not recoup payment for you, you do not owe the attorney any cash for lawyers' charges. A contingency cost agreement requires that your attorney will only make money if you get just compensation for your injuries. The riskier your case is, the higher the contingency cost portion your attorney will generally request. This percent normally falls someplace between 25% as well as 40%. In a backup hourly contract, your attorney will certainly maintain a log of the variety of hours functioned and you will certainly thus pay your attorney based on a per hour rate.