Costs to Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney
Just like any other insurer, it’s the job of Workers’ Compensation claim adjusters to avoid paying what injured people deserve. This means it’s usually in your best interest to hire a Workers’ Comp lawyer to secure a fair settlement. One of the main concerns you likely have, however, is the cost to hire a Workers’ Comp attorney. Understanding these costs is essential, but in most cases, you’ll find it much more affordable than anticipated.
WHAT’S THE COST TO HIRE A WORKERS’ COMP ATTORNEY?
Just like the hurt-on-the-job benefits you receive, the cost of hiring a Workers’ Compensation attorney can vary between cases. The extent of your injury and even rules in different states can affect the amount you and your lawyer receive. Fortunately, you won’t often be in a situation where you must pay a lawyer’s fees before you receive the compensation you deserve.
This is because most legal firms work on a contingency basis when handling injury claims. A contingent arrangement means that your attorney will begin working on your case without receiving their traditional fee. It’s typically only after the case is resolved – and your settlement has been paid – that the Workers’ Comp attorney will receive their fee.
The fees that attorneys charge often range between 10 and 30 percent. The final fee is often dependent on a judge’s ruling and the amount of work that went into proving the case. At Levine Benjamin, we understand that costs are a real concern when you’re out of work. That’s why we provide free consultations to help you better understand your case and potential compensation.
BENEFITS OF HIRING A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY
In most cases, insurance adjusters will quickly try to offer you a cash payout to settle a case. It’s important to remember, though, that these adjusters aren’t working for you. They’re working for the insurance company. And while it may seem like a good idea to just accept the injured workers’ benefits and avoid paying an attorney, this could end up costing you.
To start, it’s very unlikely that a Workers’ Compensation insurer will immediately offer you the money you deserve. They often take advantage of employees’ lack of knowledge in the legal field. When you have an attorney on your side, they’re much more likely to offer a fair settlement.
Additionally, legal professionals’ knowledge of Workers’ Comp means you may receive compensation for costs you never even considered. If you incurred any transportation costs for traveling to the hospital and to doctor’s appointments, for instance, you can likely be compensated for these. You may even be able to receive more money than you’re owed if the insurer knowingly denies a valid claim.
Having the knowledge of a Workers’ Compensation attorney on your side provides a variety of benefits. If you’re injured on the job, contact us at Levine Benjamin before speaking with the insurance company. We can even assist in Social Security disability claims.
ENSURING MAXIMUM WORKERS’ COMP PAYOUT
There are a variety of steps you can take yourself to ensure you receive fair compensation after an on-the-job injury. The most important step is immediately reporting your accident to management. If you waste time in doing so, they may try to claim that your injury wasn’t work-related. You’ll also want to visit the doctor immediately and keep track of the medical records related to the incident.
Keep in mind that you may be required to seek medical help from a professional chosen by your employer, although this requirement can often voided if the accident results in an emergency medical situation. Maybe most importantly, however, is that you don’t immediately talk to the insurance company. Adjusters will try their best to trick you into claiming responsibility for your injury.
Avoid this tactic and speak with us directly at Levine Benjamin before signing anything. Contact us now.