Injury and death cases are almost always handled on a contingent fee basis. This means the attorney’s fees are paid at the very end of the case from the sums collected by settlement or by judgment entered by the court. The amount of the fee (a percentage of the recovery) should be discussed with the lawyer at the time of hiring. This method of compensating lawyers levels the playing field between injured people and richer defendants. People who could not afford to fight back against powerful wrongdoers can obtain quality legal representation without fear of financial ruin if the case is not won.