If you are injured by a dog bite and hire a personal injury lawyer to bring a claim against the owner of the dog, in most instances it will not cost you any money to hire the lawyer. Rather, the lawyer who represents you regarding your injury claim will work on a “contingency fee” basis. What this means is that if the case is successful, the lawyer will receive 1/3 of the settlement or verdict and you will receive 2/3 of the settlement or verdict. If there are costs to pursue the case, such as costs to obtain medical records, filing fees, expert costs, and/or investigative costs, those costs can also be taken out of the settlement or verdict so you will not have to come up with any money out of pocket.