Experiencing a workplace injury can be a stressful and confusing time. If you’re in Florida, you might be considering hiring a workers compensation lawyer to help navigate the complexities of your claim. One of the first questions that may come to mind is, “How much will it cost?”
You pay nothing upfront to hire a Florida workers compensation lawyer. Instead, your attorney is paid a percentage of the benefits or settlement you receive.
Workers Compensation Lawyer Fees
In Florida, workers compensation lawyers typically operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that the lawyer’s fee is a percentage of the settlement or benefits you receive. If no benefits are recovered, then no fees are owed. This arrangement can provide peace of mind as it ensures you don’t have to pay anything upfront.
The actual amount a lawyer can charge is determined by Florida’s tier system. The maximum fee is determined by Florida Statute 440.34 and is as follows:
- 20% of the first $5,000 of benefits the employee receives.
- 15% of the next $5,000 of benefits the employee receives.
- 10% of remaining benefits provided over the next 10 years.
- 5% on benefits that accrue after 10 years.
This tiered system ensures that the fees are fair and comply with the law. It also provides a ceiling on how much you would have to pay your attorney.
The Workers Comp Process in Florida
Understanding the process of a workers compensation claim in Florida can help you better navigate your case.
Here are the steps involved:
- Record the details of the incident so that you can refresh your memory later on.
- Record the incident by taking photos of the scene of the accident or injury.
- Report the incident to your employer as soon as possible.
- Seek medical attention for your injuries.
- Initiate a workers’ compensation claim by filling out the necessary paperwork that outlines your injuries and their cause.
- Your employer will then lodge a claim with their workers’ compensation insurance provider.
- The insurance provider is ultimately accountable for covering your damages.
- The insurance provider will either accept or reject your claim.
- In the event that your claim is rejected, you have the option to file an appeal.
Choosing the Right Lawyer
When choosing a lawyer for your workers comp case, it’s important to remember that the attorney’s fee should not be your only consideration. You should also consider the lawyer’s experience, reputation, and your comfort level with them. After all, this person will be representing your interests and helping you navigate a complex legal process.
Dealing with a workers compensation claim can be a daunting task, especially when you’re also trying to recover from an injury. Having a skilled lawyer by your side can make the process much smoother and increase your chances of securing the benefits you deserve.
While the cost of hiring a lawyer is certainly an important factor to consider, the regulated fee structure in Florida ensures that these costs remain fair. So, you can focus on finding a lawyer who will provide the best representation for your specific needs.
Our attorneys at Work Injury Rights have a combined 45 years of experience in Florida workers’ compensation law. Several of our lawyers have previously represented insurance companies in workers’ compensation claims and know their tactics and mindset.
We have what it takes to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 954-833-5226 to schedule your free consultation.