Welcome to Bourne Law Firm - Workers' Compensation Lawyers! If you've been injured on the job, you need dedicated and compassionate legal counsel to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. But before diving into the process, you may be wondering: how do workers' compensation lawyers get paid in Georgia? In this guide, Bourne Law will break down the payment process in a way that is both informative and easy to understand.
The Contingency Fee Basis
First and foremost, it's essential to know that workers' compensation lawyers in Georgia typically work on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you don't have to worry about paying any upfront costs or ongoing fees while your case is being pursued. Instead, your attorney's payment is contingent upon the successful resolution of your claim.
Percentage of Your Settlement or Award
When your case is settled or a judgment is awarded in your favor, your attorney will receive a pre-determined percentage of the total compensation. This percentage is agreed upon in advance and will be explicitly stated in the retainer agreement you sign with your attorney. In Georgia, the State Board of Workers' Compensation sets a maximum contingency fee of 25% for workers' comp cases. This means that no matter the outcome, your attorney's fee will never exceed 25% of your settlement or award.
Expenses Related to Your Case
While your attorney's fees are based on contingency, there might be some additional expenses incurred while working on your case. These expenses can include costs for obtaining medical records, expert witnesses, and litigation costs. However, worry not! At Bourne Law Firm, we make sure to keep you informed of any additional costs, and these expenses are deducted from your final settlement or award with no up-front cost to you.
No Recovery, No Fee
One of the significant advantages of a contingency fee arrangement is the "no recovery, no fee" principle. If your attorney is unable to secure compensation on your behalf, you won't owe them any fees. This approach ensures that your attorney is highly motivated to fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
The Bottom Line
At Bourne Law Firm, we believe that every injured worker deserves quality legal representation, regardless of their financial situation. That's why we offer our services on a contingency fee basis. You can trust that our experienced and skilled workers' compensation lawyers are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve, without any upfront or ongoing costs to you.
Here is an example of a workers' compensation case we recently settled.
We only paid $39.25 for the medical records. We also
paid $150 medical consulations with the treating doctor. With our help, our client got over 30k! In this case, our client's costs were only 0.5%
of the total settlement.
If we don't get benefits started for you or negotiate a settlement, we never charge a fee in your case. This is one of the huge benefits of hiring a lawyer on a contingency. There are no cons to getting a lawyer involved early in the case to help guide you through the process.
If you've been injured on the job and need help navigating Georgia's workers' compensation system, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Our team is ready and eager to fight for your rights and help you get back on your feet.