Attorney’s fees for a lawyer handling a workers’ compensation case are determined in most ways like a personal injury case: as a contingency fee. In fact, many workers’ compensation attorneys also handle personal injury cases because they are so similar. However, there are a few differences:
First and foremost, what is a contingency fee? Are you going to have an upfront fee? It means basically that you only have to pay attorney’s fees if you win your case and your attorney’s fees will be an agreed upon percentage taken out of your settlement.
After you have been hurt on the job you may be asking yourself, will I have to pay for my workers’ compensation attorney’s fees upfront? Usually, if you are charged on a contingency basis, no. To say it again, you will only have to pay attorney’s fees if you win your case and it will be taken as a percentage of your settlement.
can take out. For example, the highest amount that a workers’ compensation attorney can take from your settlement in Illinois is 20% and in Missouri it is 25%.
The attorneys’ fees cap is a good thing for workers who are hurt on the job. Another benefit of the workers’ compensation attorney’s fees cap is that it means that all attorneys will charge basically the same amount. Instead of shopping around for the cheapest lawyer, you are now free to look for the best workers’ compensation attorney–one who will be more likely to get you a fair workers’ compensation settlement.
Remember: All lawyers will take the same percentage for their contingency fee but they wont all be able to get the same end result. How do you know what qualities in a workers’ compensation attorney will give you a better chance for a big settlement? Make sure you find someone with your interest a heart who has a lot of educational materials. After that, most attorneys’ offer free consultations, you need to find out the best questions to ask your workers’ compensation attorney to find out if they are right for
The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.