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Do I Have to Pay a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Michigan?

Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran

If you have been hurt on the job and are looking to file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits until your return to work, hiring a workplace injury lawyer is a good idea. Your attorney can help you navigate the complexities of workers’ compensation insurance and seek reimbursement for your medical bills and vocational rehabilitation.

Injured workers deserve wage loss benefits to support their recovery and necessary medical treatment. But when dealing with the expenses of medical care, you may wonder if you can even afford to hire an attorney.

Can I Afford a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

A law firm’s fees in a workers’ compensation case are paid from the settlement when the case is finished. Basically, you will pay a percentage of your settlement to your attorney. This means you can pick the very best law firm you can find and not worry about the cost.

There is no financial risk involved when working with workers’ compensation law firm, Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. We operate on a contingency basis, so we only get paid if we win your case.

The benefits of this model are immense, and law firms will not take on cases with little prospect of success. This means at an early stage you will know if your claim is worth pursuing. Secondly, your lawyers will not waste time or effort. They will deal with your case expeditiously and efficiently because your success also benefits them.

Is There a Limit on What a Lawyer Can Charge for a Workers’ Comp Claim?

Michigan law restricts what your personal injury lawyer can charge for a workers’ compensation case:

  • 10% if the case is settled while benefits are being paid
  • 15% of the first $25,000 of any settlement and 10% of the remainder
  • 30% of any back pay if your workers’ compensation benefits are settled through a voluntary payment agreement
  • 30% if you go to trial and win

There are occasions when a case is settled after the trial. When this occurs, the fee charged is usually around 20%.

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What are the Benefits of Hiring a Workers’ Comp Lawyer?

As soon as you file your claim, your employer or insurance company will hire an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation cases. Their sole job is to ensure your settlement figure is as small as possible.

They are well aware that if you try to represent yourself, the odds are stacked firmly in their favor. If you hire an experienced workers’ comp attorney, then you immediately level the playing field. The insurance company and their lawyers know they face paying out large amounts if they go to trial. For that reason, they will seek to make larger settlement offers to reduce the risk of a big award later on.

Hiring your own workers’ compensation attorney gives you these advantages:

Disputing claims denials

If your claim for workers’ compensation is denied, a lawyer may be able to revive it. We know what evidence is required and how to secure the necessary documents. Personal injury lawyers bring expertise to the table and build a compelling case that pressures the insurance company to make a proper settlement.

Negotiating with your insurance company

We can conduct all the negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf to avoid communication errors that could jeopardize your claim. We have the experience to know what your claim is worth and will fight to ensure you receive the amount you are entitled to by law.

Cover the upfront fees

We lend you the money to pay the court and witness fees. This is important because you cannot get your case off the ground without this evidence. If we don’t get an increase in your benefits or a settlement, we don’t get paid. You should also remember that the fees your attorneys charge are easily paid from the enhanced settlement offer they achieve on your behalf.

Represent you in court if necessary

Not all cases are settled before going to trial. If your case does go to court, your chances of winning are greater if you hire an attorney. We can ensure your case is presented clearly and professionally during the trial to increase your chances of success.

Seek Legal Advice From a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer as Soon as Possible

Don’t let the expenses of legal fees prevent you from hiring a lawyer to handle your claim. You need a skilled workers’ comp attorney by your side to negotiate the complicated claims process and get the compensation you are entitled to by law. Through the contingency fee basis, you can get a lawyer with the expertise to successfully pursue your claim with no upfront payment.

Our contingency fee basis means we only get paid if we win your case, so there is no financial risk to you to get started. Call our law firm today at 866-MICH-LAW and schedule your no-obligation, free case evaluation.

Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.

Thomas has a law degree from the University of Nottingham. He practiced law for 20 years before working in Dubai in the financial sector for 3 years. He now writes on financial and legal topics.



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