Lawyers usually charge an hourly rate or a contingency fee. Contingency fees are common in personal injury actions, though they may not always be appropriate in every personal injury case. If your lawyer agrees to accept a contingency fee, they will be paid a portion of the amount you eventually recover. In this type of arrangement, you are not required to pay legal fees until your claim is resolved (which can take months or even years); however, you may still be responsible to pay certain disbursements, or costs incurred by your lawyer in the course of their work on your behalf.