First of all, in personal injury claims we charge no fee unless you collect. This is called a "contingency fee." Our fee is 25% of the total settlement when the case is settled prior to the filing of a lawsuit. After that, it will depend upon the type of case you have and the difficulty involved. However, that will be determined at the initial conference. Any out-of-pocket expenses will be deducted from the client’s share. However, I do not charge my clients for postage, telephone or copying expenses. "Out of pocket expenses" means any expenses paid to third parties for things such as filing fees, service of process, depositions, cost of mediation, and medical records.