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I was driving home with my family after a long weekend getaway and noticed a number of billboard ads along the roadway that proclaimed “Only Pay if We Win,” “Only pay if you win,” “Only pay if you collect,” etc.  It is quite uncommon for an attorney to be paid up front with a retainer outside criminal cases as most people simply cannot afford to hire a lawyer and pay them by the hour regardless of the outcome of their cases.  Contingency Fee Agreements are the norm when it comes to personal injury and tort claim, and in such fee agreements, it is not uncommon for the contingency fee agreement to say that the lawyer will be paid 1/3rd of any settlement and up to 50% of any verdict received should the case go to trial (plus reasonable case expenses).  The lawyers typically end up with more money as a result of their work, but injured people are able to hire an attorney without having to pay anything up front.  However, Alabama workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability cases are different.

By law, an attorney who represents an injured worker in an Alabama Workers’ Compensation claim can charge no more than 15% of the total monetary recovery (via settlement or by verdict after trial and appeal), plus reimbursement for reasonably fees and expenses.  MOREOVER, the fee and expenses being requested by the attorney have to be authorized by either a Judge in an appropriate venue or an Ombudman with the Alabama Department of Labor.

If an attorney represents an injured worker-they CANNOT receive compensation for their work until your case is resolved.  That’s the law.

The same is true when it comes to lawyers who handle Social Security Disability claims.  By law, an attorney who is representing a disabled client is allowed to charge up to 25% of the backpay they help their client receive-or $6,000.00-whichever is less, unless that case has to be appealed to Federal Court; in this circumstance, while an attorney’s fee is still limited to 25% of his client’s backpay-the $6,000.00 limitation is not in place.

If you hire one of the lawyers at Powell and Denny to represent you or a family member in a claim for Alabama workers compensation benefits, or for Social Security Disability benefits, there is no fee unless you recover.  It’s the law.

If you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers’ Compensation benefits, or Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, don’t hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced attorneys at Powell and Denny today to schedule an in-person appointment, or to schedule a virtual appointment via Zoom for your convenience.

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Powell and Denny have been selected as one of the Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report for each of the last 9 years, have been selected as one of Birmingham’s Top Lawyers by B-Metro Magazine for the last 5 years, have been selected by The National Advocates as one of the Top 20 Workers’ Compensation Firms (plaintiffs) and Powell and Denny, P.C.-has been selected as one of the “Best of the Best” law firms by The American Registry.

Mr. Denny is AV rated by Martindale Hubbard (the highest rating possible) and Mr. Powell has been rated as Superior by The National Registry

+ Powell and Denny have successfully represented injured workers from Birmingham, Huntsville, Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Athens, Decatur, Town Creek Ardmore, Hartselle, Madison, Toney, Scottsboro, Ft. Payne, New Hope, Guntersville, Albertville, Boaz, Ashville, Anniston, Gadsden, Cullman, Heflin, Jasper, Gardendale, Morris, Kimberly, Centerpoint, Leeds, Tarrant City, Fairfield, Hueytown, Bessemer, Adger, Tuscaloosa, Cordova, Alabaster, Pelham, Harpersville, Opelika, Phenix City, Montgomery, Clanton, Calera, Enterprise, Monroeville, Mobile, Evergreen, Alabaster, Pelham, Trussville and towns and cities in between.



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    1320 Alford Avenue
    Suite 201
    Birmingham, Alabama 35226
    Phone: 205-978-2051
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    Huntsville, Alabama 35802
    Phone: 256-705-3510
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