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Alabama Workmans Compensation Lawyer Why Workers Comp

Alabama Workmans Compensation Lawyer Why Workers Comp: Earlier this morning I was reading about how some attorneys in Florida are challenging the constitutionality of the limit on fees an attorney can charge in a workers compensation case. Their argument is that the artificial cap placed by the Florida Legislature was so draconian that it was causing injured workers to lose access to courts to have their cases fairly decided as they couldn't find an attorney to represent them in their claim. I feel their pain.

In Alabama, the maximum amount a lawyer can receive in a workmans compensation claim is 15% of the settlement or judgment, plus reimbursement of reasonable case expenses-and the court will determine if your charges are reasonable. 15% is less than what many people tip the waitress at their favorite restaurant, yet attorneys are expected to fight vigorously and to the best of their ability for this fee, while there is no such cap for how much the workers compensation insurance carrier can pay their attorneys. For instance, not long ago we settled a workmans claim where our client suffered a knee injury, but initially the workers compensation carrier was denying liability. We filed suit and pressed the issue, and the defendant eventually conceded the issue and paid for our client's surgery. Our client recovered and returned to work and received all the workers compensation benefits they were entitled to receive. Our fee was $750.00 plus reimbursement of expenses. A year of work-some stressful at times-for $750.00.

Why then do we handle Alabama workmans compensation claims? At times I get discouraged and ask myself this very question, but after 5-10 minutes of belly aching, I once again reminded that the work we do-helping injured workers who are being jerked around by the workmans compensation insurance carrier-is invaluable to the people we represent. We make a difference.

Face it, a 15% cap on attorney fees means that a lot of lawyers do not handle comp cases, which means it is often difficult for an injured worker to find an attorney who is willing to take on their case and help them during their time of need. Our job really is a type of ministry to those who are injured and do not know where to go for assistance; it is where God has placed us, and we have been able to help thousands of injured workers who otherwise would have been pushed to the side by a complicated system.

We help injured workers and their families- often as much as their surgeon- and we are proud of our track record.

If you have suffered an on the job injury in Alabama and have questions about your right to workers compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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Alabama Workmans Compensation Lawyer Why Workers Comp

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