Attorney fees are an important consideration when looking for legal help. Let’s talk about that now.
L&I attorney fees at our law firm are based on a contingent fee agreement.
Lawyer offer to handle an L&I claim on a contingent basis when they believe in the case and the client. Contingent legal fees mean the lawyer only gets paid if they win.
Attorney fees are a percentage of the money the attorney recovers for you. No recovery means no attorney fees. If you are offered a contingent fee agreement it will be in writing. No matter how much you trust your new lawyer be sure to carefully read any fee agreement put in front of you. Ask questions. Know what the deal is. It’s the smart thing to do.
There are limits on attorney fees. L&I attorney fees either before L&I or the Board of Industrial Insurane Appeasl are limited in three ways; by statute, by reasonableness, and by best practices.
These are important questions. Answer them by thinking about how much money is at stake and whether you can afford to lose it all. How much experience do you have? Do you understand the loaw and to to introduce evidence to a judge?
If you still are not sure, call us for a free consultation. 206-343-1988.
Case costs are different than attorney fees. Case costs are expenses incurred in the handling of your case. For example, an injury case needs medical records. We order the medical records, we review the records, and we use these records as part of your case; we do not charge for that. The doctor however charges for a copy of the records, that charge is a case cost. The client is responsible to eventually pay this case cost.
Some lawyers want clients to pay costs in advance, some want costs paid as the case proceeds, and some will advance costs until the end of the case when money is awarded. In our firm, we are successful recovering money for the client, in almost every case. If we advance costs for our clients, we are repaid out of the money we make L&I pay you.
If you hire a lawyer, the fee agreement presented to you will provide the specifics about attorney fees and case costs. Read it with care. Ask questions. Know your rights.
Information for free. This information on this website is provided as a free service, so you can make informed choices about your L&I claim. If you contact us, we will do our best to answer your initial phone or e-mail quesions, about injury claims, at no charge to you.
Referrals. Christopher Sharpe is the “of counsel” attorney at the Walthew Law Firm. He refers clients needing active L&I legal assistance to the partners and associates at the Walthew Law Firm.