Should I Pay a Lawyer Up Front for a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

“Lawyers who handle complex, catastrophic injury cases customarily pay for all of the costs involved in pursuing these cases. There are exceptions, but they are few. Sometimes, if the client has the financial means to do so, he will agree to finance all or a portion of the costs, particularly if the case is extremely difficult. But beware of the lawyer who wants you to kick in your own money. It often means that either the lawyer doesn’t have the financial wherewithal to finance the case himself or he just doesn’t believe very strongly in the case and wants you to take on all the risk.”

from “How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer