Legal Fees in Workers Compensation Cases

Injuries on the job can happen to anyone, at anytime, and anywhere. The Coye Law Firm has years of experience in the field of worker’s

The amount can vary based on the date of your accident because Florida law has changed over the years. There may also be specific situations where the employer of the injured worker or the insurance company may be ordered to repay the attorney fees for the claim as well as medical expenses or lost wages. compensation claims and is dedicated to fighting for justice for people with work injuries. If you have been hurt at work, or are in dispute with a worker’s comp claim, please contact one of our Florida worker’s comp attorneys today for a free consultation.
 

How Much Does a Lawyer Cost for a Worker’s Comp claim?

Florida law has changed over the years about the limits that can be placed on the amounts attorneys can collect for legal representation in a worker’s compensation claim and any awarded settlement amount. Historically, there has been a concerted legislative effort to limit an attorney's ability to represent victims, up to and including criminal penalties for the lawyer. Because the Coye Law Firm is dedicated to justice, we work hard within the limits of the law to provide the best legal representation for every worker's compensation claim. People injured on the job deserve it.

The amount a lawyer may charge for representing a worker's comp claim can vary based on the date of your accident because the past law statutes ascribed different percentages to allowable amounts, and only a thorough evaluation by a worker’s comp attorney can pinpoint a specific amount for your case.

As of 2010, FL § 440.34(1) makes the limitations on fees straightforward on a percentage basis, although every case is different and tends to result different specific numbers.

An attorney’s fee approved by a judge must equal:
 
  • 20% of the first $5000 of benefits secured
  • 15% of the next $5000 of benefits secured
  • 10% of the remaining amount of secured benefits for the first 10 years (which will vary)
  • 5% of the remaining amount of secured benefits after 10 years (which will vary)
A judge cannot approve any payments, either in installments or in lump-sum, even if it is agreed upon between the claimant and attorney, for a worker’s compensation settlement which exceeds the amounts described under this section of the law. There may also be specific situations where the employer of the injured worker or the insurance company may be ordered to repay the attorney fees for the claim as well as medical expenses or lost wages.

The statute goes on to discuss that attorneys are not entitled to fees for benefit payments that they did not help secure, the specifics on taxes to be paid on those fees, a 30 day waiting period for payment of attorney’s fees, and additional limitations if the worker’s comp claim was for medical benefits only rather than for medical benefits and lost wages.

If the worker’s compensation claim was awarded for medical benefits only, attorney’s fees must:
 
  • Be calculated at a maximum rate of $150 per hour
  • Not exceed $1,500 for each accident
The experienced worker’s comp attorneys at the Coye Law Firm are committed to fighting for justice, no matter the amount of the claim and believe that all people who are injured at work deserve legal representation to assist with their claim.
 

Why Contact an Attorney?

If you have been injured at work the worker’s compensation claims process can seem overwhelming, especially for people who are dealing with juggling medical care and potential re-employment options as well as attempting to navigate the claim for their work injury. There are many benefits to contacting a Florida worker’s comp attorney with experience and knowledge of the process, including knowing the specifics of the laws regarding attorney’s fees. If you’ve suffered from an injury at work, please contact the Coye Law Firm today for a free consultation. We may be able to help you understand your rights in the worker’s compensation claim process.