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Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers: What are the attorney fees? It usually does not take long during the interview process with a potential new workers compensation client for the question of attorney fees to come up; and I understand the concern. People hear about attorneys taking fees of 1/3 to ½ of a recovery in different types of cases, and are worried that they will not be left with much if they hire an attorney.

In Alabama, attorneys are limited to a fee of no more than 15% of any settlement or recovery, plus reimbursement of reasonable expenses. Unlike automobile accidents or other torts, workers compensation lawyers in Alabama cannot use a sliding fee scale, and they cannot collect more than 15% plus reasonable case expenses.

At this point, we often are asked "what are case expenses." Clients are worried that in order to make up for the low fee we are entitled to in a comp case, we will try to make up the money by padding our expenses. While I cannot speak for other attorneys, at Powell and Denny, we try to keep our expenses to a minimum. Case expenses generally consists of the costs we have to pay for necessary items, like medical records (doctors don't send them to us for free), filing fees if a suit is filed, deposition costs and the like. Moreover, in the vast majority of cases, the court has to approve our fee and expenses; if the court believes that our expenses are unreasonable, the court will not allow us to charge you for them.

This is something to keep in mind; unlike other personal injury type actions, most workers compensation case go before the court-even if the case settles, and the court oversees our fees and expenses to ensure that the injured worker is being protected.

If you work in the Metro Birmingham AL area, you have suffered a job injury and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation system, please do not hesitate to contact and SPEAK TO one of the experienced Birmingham Workers' Compensation attorneys at Powell and Denny.

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