Have you recently been injured via an incident that was no fault of your own? Have your family and friends suggested that you file a lawsuit for compensation, but you're not sure you want to go to the trouble? Filing a lawsuit can be a hassle, but it may be the only way to be compensated for your pain and suffering. To help you navigate the world of injury law, it's a good idea to hire a personal injury attorney to help you with your case. But before you start looking for a lawyer, here are the answers to some questions that you may have about the process:

How much money does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney? Each lawyer's fees will obviously vary depending on both where you live and the lawyer in question. However, most of the time, a personal injury attorney does not need to have any money paid up front. Instead, they will accept your case on the condition that they will receive a fixed percentage of whatever settlement you get as a result of the case. Because of the incentive for higher pay, hiring a lawyer can result in a significantly higher settlement - even once the lawyer's fees are deducted - than if you had tried to tackle the case on your own.

Will any money be owed if the case isn't won? The answer to this question is usually no, but you should confirm before hiring a personal injury attorney. In some instances, you'll still be responsible for the court fees for filing your case. Depending on where you live, this may be just a few dollars or it could be several hundred. As a result, make sure to double check exactly what you're agreeing to before you actually agree to anything.

How long will it take before settlement money is received? This will vary widely depending on the strength of your case and how much of a backlog there is of other cases in your court. If you have a very strong case, the other party might be able to reach a favorable settlement with your personal injury attorney within a matter of weeks. If, on the other hand, the other side feels like they are more likely to win, it could potentially be months or even years before you see a dime. Your lawyer should be able to give you a reasonable estimation, based off of similar cases that he or she has handled in the past.