Attorney's fees in NC workers' compensation cases paid by injured workers are regulated by state law.
Attorney's fees in NC workers' comp cases must be approved by the NC Industrial Commission. A lawyer cannot accept a fee from an injured worker for handling the workers' comp case unless the fee has been approved.
By custom, the Industrial Commission will approve a contingent attorney fee of no more than 25% for the lawyer who represents the injured worker. The fee is "contingent" because it is based on a good outcome. If the case is lost no fee is due. Many lawyer ads state "No fee unless we win." This is a true statement, as no contingent attorney fee is due unless there is a monetary recovery on behalf of the injured client.
Lawyers representing injured workers are also entitled to be reimbursed by their clients for the costs or expenses associated with handling the case. Most of these expenses arise from the need to obtain the medical evidence of the injury, such as medical records and doctors' depositions. These costs are in addition to the contingent attorney fee.
The nice thing about the 25% contingent fee custom is this: The Industrial Commission will allow no more than a 25% fee in virtually all cases, so the North Carolina lawyer you hire will get the same percentage attorney fee no matter who you hire. This means that an injured worker can hire the best possible lawyer to help him with the workers' compensation case, and he will not pay any higher fee percentage than if he hired a lawyer fresh out of law school who was handling his or her first workers' compensation case!
This is a great advantage for injured workers! A client can afford to hire the most experienced lawyer, and one who is a Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law, rather than a less experienced lawyer who is going to charge the same percentage fee!
At the Bollinger Law Firm, founding attorney Bob Bollinger has been representing injured workers since 1991. He has tried dozens of contested workers' compensation cases to a final decision during the past decade. He has been a Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law since 2000. As his profile on our web site shows, he has the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell ("AV Preeminent"), the highest possible rating from AVVO.com (10.0) and has been named to "NC Superlawyers" and "The Best Lawyers in America" for several years running.
If you are an injured worker in North Carolina, you can hire an experienced lawyer such as Mr. Bollinger to handle your case for the same attorney's fees percentage that you would pay a young lawyer who is not a Certified Specialist and who has very little practical experience.
All North Carolina workers' compensation attorneys provide free consultations. You can contact an experienced lawyer such as Bob Bollinger and get a free consultation -- free legal advice -- about your NC workers' comp case. After talking to him, continue researching NC workers' compensation attorneys. Shop around and talk to a few. After doing this homework, decide who you want to represent you on your North Carolina Workers' Compensation claim.
You only have one case, so do your research so that you can make the best possible decision. The attorney's fees in NC workers' compensation cases will generally be 25% no matter who you hire to represent you, so choose your NC workers' comp lawyer carefully!
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