Attorney Fees in Workers' Compensation Cases

Attorney Fees in Workers' Compensation Cases

Posted By Atlanta Workers' Compensation Attorney || 8-May-2013

According to the statutory framework of the Workers' Compensation Act, attorney's fees are regulated by statute. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 34-9-108, attorney's fees are limited to no more than 25% in a Workers' Compensation case. The subject of attorney's fees is a detailed one under the Workers' Compensation Act, in terms of when and for what attorney fees can be awarded, and how they can be calculated. See, primarily, O.C.G.A. Sections 34-9-108, 34-9-126, 34-9-221, and the corresponding Board Rules. In the context of settling Workers' Compensation claims, for our purposes here, attorney's fees in a settlement scenario are limited to 25% of the settlement. It is also important to note that in a settlement, attorney's fees may not be taken against amounts specifically designated for the Employee/Claimant's past or future medical care.

There are numerous other particular differences between Personal Injury claims and Workers' Compensation claims which differences directly result from the fact that the Georgia Workers' Compensation system is a creature of statute. The important thing for the practitioner to remember is that Workers' Compensation is a unique, largely contained system, and that most answers to legal questions that the practitioner will have about handling Workers' Compensation cases can be found within the Workers' Compensation Act, the Board Rules, and the case law interpreting both.

Here at Douglas F. Kaleita, P.C. we handle workers' compensation and personal injury cases for clients in Atlanta and all throughout North Georgia. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, which means that our clients don't have to pay a fee unless we win the case. There are no attorney fees unless we successfully recover a settlement, because we are all about saving you money. We understand that on top of suffering an injury, you may also have suffered a cut in wages and the last thing you need is a hefty attorney bill. Our firm provides exceptional legal representation to injured workers at an affordable price- we also know how to get the job done without always resorting to extensive litigation. Attorney Kaleita can work to resolve your case as quickly as possible so that you get the compensation that you need and deserve. Our firm has a reputation of being honest, ethical and hardworking and we will provide you with the individual time and attention you need to succeed. Contact our Atlanta workers' compensation lawyer today to schedule a free case evaluation!

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