Affording a Good Workers Compensation Attorney
Many people want to hire a workers compensation attorney. But, they have several concerns about hiring an attorney:
- Will they have enough money?
- Does the attorney charge by the hour to work on their case?
- Will they have to pay up front costs when they hire an attorney?
I understand people’s concerns that hiring an an attorney will be expensive. You may worry that you will call or meet with an attorney and then find out that you are going to be charged a lot of money for asking a few questions. You may even worry that your experience with an attorney will be like the one the woman has in this cartoon:
So, what should you do? The workers compensation insurance company probably already has attorneys giving them advice. To be treated fairly, you need to talk to a good workers compensation attorney. How can you afford to do that if it is already a struggle just to pay your bills?
I have some good news for you. You will not have to spend a lot to hire our law firm on your workers compensation case. More specifically, it will not cost you anything up front. You only pay us attorney’s fees if we succeed in getting you workers compensation benefits or a settlement.
What does my first consultation with you about my case cost?
Getting a consultation is the first step in figuring out if hiring an attorney is the right thing for you. The 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.
It should not cost you any money to do what you need to do. This is another reason we provide free consultations. It allows you to get the information you need before you make the decision about hiring us to help you with your workers’ compensation case.
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 we are 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.
If 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. We want to help people. We know that it would be difficult for many of our workers compensation clients to pay money up front.
We do not charge a retainer to work on your case. You do not have to pay us by the hour as we 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.
We have found that there are at least three reasons that this type of attorney’s fee agreement is good for our clients:
- You do not pay us any money up front to start working on your case
- You do not pay us by the hour as we do work on your case
- You do not pay us an attorney’s fee at all unless we are successful in recovering money for you on your case.
We believe that working on a contingency fee gets better results for our workers’ compensation clients. You only have to pay us if you win.
Can you give me some examples of how a contingency fee contract would work?
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. But, you only pay us if we are successful in getting you benefits.
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.
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:
- Our work gets you weekly benefits (temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, or permanent partial disability)
- 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.
If we do think we are entitled to an attorney’s fee for the work we have done, we have to check with a workers compensation judge before taking an attorney’s fee on your case. The judge reviews what we have done and tells us whether we can take a fee.
Do I have to pay up front for case expenses?
What about other costs on my case?
To prove your workers’ compensation case, you often need to have evidence. You may need get your medical records. You may have to pay for copies of transcripts if you have a deposition or go to court.
We can help you do that. If we make the decision to take your case, we believe in it. You do not have to pay these expenses up front.
We will advance the costs associated with getting the information necessary to prove your case. Hopefully, this will help you recover from your injury without having to worry about paying more bills. Then, you can pay us the money we have advanced for these costs when your case is over.
What if I have other questions about the cost of hiring you to work on my workers’ compensation case?
I am happy to answer any questions you have about the attorney’s fees or costs associated with a workers’ compensation case. The best way to get those questions answered is through the free consultation I mentioned above.
Setting up that free consultation is easy and only takes a few minutes. Just call our at (770) 214-8885. Or, complete and submit the consultation request form on this page and we will contact you to set one up. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.
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.