Losing a case is not an easy thing to go through because apart from the emotional toll, you also have to deal with all the expenses that started piling up since filing the case. Losing may mean not receiving the adequate amount, receiving a lower amount compared to the amount offered prior the trial, or receiving nothing at all. When it comes to paying your lawyer, it depends on the agreed arrangement between you and your lawyer.
In personal injury cases, lawyers are usually paid on a contingency fee basis. This means you, as the client, do not owe the law firm anything in terms of fees. However, you do have to pay for the costs associated with the case.
Fees and costs are two different things. Fees mean what your lawyer will earn. In this kind of arrangement, your lawyer does not earn anything. On the other hand, costs may include (but are not limited to) filing fees, the daily fees of the jury, travel costs of your lawyer, expert fees, and research costs.
For some lawyers, they can still earn even when they lose a case by charging an hourly fee. If this was your arrangement with your lawyer and you lost the case, you still have to pay their hourly fee.