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How Do Personal Injury Attorneys Get Paid?

How do personal injury attorneys get paid?
How do personal injury attorneys get paid?

Understanding Personal Injury Attorney Fees: A Deep Dive into Payment Structures

When faced with a personal injury, one of the primary concerns is often how legal representation can be afforded. Many are surprised to learn that personal injury attorneys, including those at reputable firms like Eaton Injury Law in Utah, generally operate on a contingency fee basis. This payment structure can be a critical support system for those seeking justice after an injury. This article explores how personal injury attorneys get paid, the specific payment structure of Eaton Injury Law, and why choosing this firm can be a beneficial decision for your legal needs.

How Personal Injury Attorneys Get Paid

The Contingency Fee Basis

The most common payment structure for personal injury attorneys is the contingency fee basis. This method aligns the interests of the client and the attorney, as the lawyer's payment is contingent upon securing a financial recovery for the client. Here's how it typically works:

  1. No Upfront Fees: Clients do not pay any upfront fees when they hire a personal injury attorney on a contingency fee basis. This arrangement makes legal services accessible to individuals who may not have the financial means to pay an attorney hourly during their case.

  2. Percentage of the Settlement or Award: The attorney is paid a fixed percentage of the settlement amount or court award. This percentage varies depending on the complexity of the case, the stage at which the case is resolved, and local market conditions.

  3. Case Resolution: If the case is settled favorably, the attorney's fees are deducted from the settlement amount before the client receives their portion. If the case goes to trial and results in a favorable verdict, the fee is calculated in a similar manner.

  4. No Recovery, No Fees: If there is no financial recovery, the client does not owe any attorney's fees. This aspect of the contingency fee arrangement underscores the attorney's motivation to not only take on viable cases but also to work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome.

Additional Costs

While the attorney's fees are contingent on a recovery, clients may still be responsible for other case-related costs such as court filing fees, costs for obtaining medical records, and expert witness fees. These expenses are typically paid from the settlement amount along with the attorney’s fees but can vary based on the attorney’s policy.

Eaton Injury Law’s Payment Structure

At Eaton Injury Law, the contingency fee structure is designed to ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to pursue their legal rights after an injury without the burden of upfront legal fees. Here is how our fee structure works:

  1. Contingency Fee of One-Third: Eaton Injury Law charges a contingency fee of one-third (33.33%) of the gross settlement if the case is settled before a complaint is filed in court. This rate is competitive and reflects the firm’s commitment to providing value while delivering superior legal representation.

  2. Transparent Cost Policy: Any additional costs incurred during the litigation process are handled with full transparency. Clients receive a detailed accounting of all expenses, which are clearly delineated from the attorney’s fees.

  3. No Fees Without Recovery: Consistent with industry standards, if Eaton Injury Law does not succeed in obtaining a financial recovery for the client, the client owes nothing in attorney's fees.

Why Choose Eaton Injury Law?

Expertise and Experience

Eaton Injury Law is a leader in the field of personal injury law in Utah, possessing deep expertise and a robust track record of securing substantial settlements and awards for clients. Our personal injury attorneys are adept at navigating complex legal landscapes and are committed to achieving the best outcomes for our clients.

Client-Centered Approach

We prioritize the needs and well-being of our clients above all else. From the initial consultation to the resolution of the case, our team is dedicated to providing personalized attention, clear communication, and compassionate support.


Our firm's success is directly linked to the success of our clients. This alignment of interests, combined with our strategic and aggressive approach to litigation, ensures that we are fully committed to every case we take on.


Choosing the right personal injury attorney can significantly influence the outcome of your case. With Eaton Injury Law, clients receive not only top-tier legal representation but also a supportive and client-focused experience. Our contingency fee structure underscores our commitment to accessibility and success. If you or a loved one has been injured, consider Eaton Injury Law for a consultation to explore how we can achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

For a free consultation, reach out to Eaton Injury Law at 385-333-7711, or email for professional guidance and representation.

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