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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions How much can a lawyer charge

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions How much can a lawyer charge

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: How much can a lawyer charge to represent someone in a claim for Alabama Workers Compensation benefits?

A question we are always asked during our initial meeting with potential clients is "what are your fees?" We inform everyone that in accordance with Alabama's Workmans Compensation laws, we do not charge a fee unless your case settles or you are awarded workers' compensation benefits by the court at trial, and our fee only applies to the settlement or award of a permanent impairment-we do not take a fee off of you weekly temporary total disability benefits.

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 or a loved one were hurt at work and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and talk to one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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