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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Workers Compensation Attorney?5 minute read

Many people want to hire a workers’ compensation attorney but have concerns about how much it will cost.  They worry that they will have to pay by the hour to meet with an attorney.  They also worry that they will have to pay up front costs when they hire an attorney.

I understand people’s concerns that hiring an an attorney will be expensive.  After all, people tell jokes about how expensive attorneys are.

If you have these concerns, I have some good news for you.  You will not have to spend a lot to hire us on your workers’ compensation case.  I am going to discuss costs more specifically with a focus on two main areas:

  1. How much it will cost you to talk to us about your case; and
  2. How much it will cost to hire us on your case

The initial attorney consultation with our office is freeWhat does my first consultation with you about my case cost?

The first consultation with us on your workers’ compensation case costs you nothing.  You do not pay us up front for that consultation.  You do not pay us when it is over.  It is absolutely free.

The first step in the consultation process normally involves you speaking with our firm’s workers’ compensation client intake specialist.  Our client intake specialist will get some information about your case.  Then, she will schedule you for a phone consultation with one of our firm’s workers’ compensation attorneys.

Does the phone consultation with the attorney cost anything?

No.  Our firm does not charge you anything for the phone consultation with the attorney.

This phone consultation provides an opportunity for you to ask us questions about your case.  We try to provide helpful information about what we could do if you hired us to work on your case.

You need to make a good decision about whether our firm is right for you.  We want you to have the information you need to make that decision.  Because of this, we also usually schedule you an in person consultation with the attorney after the phone consultation.

What do I pay for the in person consultation with the attorney?

That consultation does not cost you anything either.  We want to make sure you have the opportunity to meet with the attorney and discuss your case further if you want.  Many people find that meeting with the attorney helps them make a good decision about their case.

Many people worry that they will have to pay the expense on their case up frontIf I do decide to hire you to represent me on my workers’ compensation case, how much do I have to pay up front?

You will not pay us anything up front when you hire us.  You do not pay us by the hour.  We do not charge a retainer to work on your case.

We accept workers’ compensation cases on a contingency fee contract.  Many people do not know what a contingency fee contract is.  Let me explain how it works.

A contingency fee contract means you only pay attorney’s fees if we succeed in getting benefits for you and you get those benefits as a result of our work on your case.  Let’s talk about a couple of examples to make this clearer.

Many times, people hire us when the insurance company denies their workers’ compensation case.  If we convince the insurance company to change their mind and pay benefits or go to court and get a judge to order the insurance company to pay benefits, you may have to pay us a percentage of these benefits as an attorney’s fee.

Another example is when someone hires us who is already receiving weekly workers’ compensation benefits.  In that example, that person does not pay us an attorney’s fee out of those weekly benefits because we did not do anything to get those benefits.  The person was already receiving those benefits when they hired us.

If I hire you, what contingencies can occur that result in me paying an attorney’s fee?

You only pay an attorney’s fee if we get benefits for you.  In a workers’ compensation case, two types of contingencies can result in us receiving an attorney’s fee out of your benefits:

  1. Our work gets you weekly benefits (temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, or permanent partial disability)
  2. Our work results in a settlement of your case that you agree to

In both these situations, you pay us a percentage of the benefits you receive.  The percentage amount is 25 percent in a workers’ compensation case.Again, you only pay us if it was our work that got you these benefits.  If we do a lot of work on your case and do not get you any additional benefits, you do not pay us anything.

Do I have to pay up front for case expenses?

Almost all workers’ compensation cases have case expenses.  These expenses usually include medical records from your doctors.  They can also include deposition transcripts, hearing transcripts, and witness fees if your case goes to court.  We also sometimes have to get opinions from experts.

You do not have to pay these expenses up front.  If you hire us on your case, we advance the cost of these expenses so that you do not have to worry about them while you recover from your injury.  We generally collect these expenses if you recover a lump sum of money on your case.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

To be notified of Jason’s new workers compensation videos, subscribe to his Georgia Workers Compensation Video Series channel on YouTube by clicking the subscribe button below.

Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
moombimoombi
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.
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