We work on a contingency fee basis. You may have heard this term before or heard a lawyer on television say, “we don’t get paid if you don’t get paid.” A contingency fee means something has to happen in order for us to get a fee. That something, the contingency, is you getting paid. So if your claim is denied and you aren’t getting anything then we don’t get paid until and unless you get paid. If you don’t get paid then you don’t owe us a fee. It’s as simple as that… there’s no risk to you.
If your claim is accepted and you’re getting paid then our fee is based on the permanent award at maximum medical improvement or a settlement. There are other less common contingencies like you receiving Social Security Disability with an offset or receiving temporary partial disability.
The Industrial Commission has to approve all of our fees. They normally approve a fee of 25% — and although some firms do, we never ask for more than 25% of your overall settlement. And other than on disputed or litigated benefits we don’t take fees on temporary benefits.