How do Personal Injury Attorneys get paid in New Jersey?

  • Personal injury attorneys work on what’s called a contingency basis.
  • In other words, they get a percentage of the recovery if there is a recovery. In New Jersey that percentage is ⅓ or 33⅓% after the attorney is reimbursed for whatever costs he or she happened to put forth to pursue the case.
  • If the case involves a minor, that contingency is 25%.
  • If at the end of the case there is no recovery, then traditionally there is no money owed to that attorney. It’s strictly based on a contingent fee and whether there is recovery to the injured party.