Contingency fees in a personal injury automobile accident means that the attorney is only paid if and when the case settles or when there is a judgment in favor of the injured client.  Contingency fees are generally a percentage of the total amount recovered on behalf of the client.   In most cases, there is a range in the percentage amount paid to the attorney.  A lower percentage is paid to the attorney if the case settles before a lawsuit and a higher percentage is paid to the attorney if a lawsuit is filed on behalf of the injured client.  In the event a recovery is not obtained, the injured client generally does not owe the attorney any fees.  If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance in an automobile accident and are looking to hire a personal injury lawyer, contact the Girgis Law Firm at 818-986-5000 for a free consultation.  Girgis Law Firm is located in Woodland Hills, CA, with other offices in Los AngelesGlendaleRiverside, and Orange County.