How much does a Maryland workman’s compensation attorney charge?
Many injured workers are reluctant to obtain legal help because they feel that the attorney will charge too much. This is not the case with Maryland workers compensation attorneys because there is no up front fee. Fees are on a contingency basis.
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A contingency fee arrangement has been the overriding practice among personal injury attorneys. This includes workers comp, medical malpractice, car accidents, slip and falls, defamation, and other cases. The contingency fee arrangement is an agreement between the client/injured and their representing lawyer indicating the lawyer will use his or her own money to obtain medical records, hire witnesses, pay for litigation expenses, and cover most expenses as they come up in the case. In return the injured client agrees to pay the attorney a percentage of the money the attorney is able to recover.
The theory of a contingency fee arrangement is to provide those who do not have adequate finances to pay for an attorney the opportunity to do so. Typically non-personal injury attorney fees can range anywhere from$150 to $1,000 an hour but this is not the case in personal injury cases. Some argue that the percentage a personal injury attorney charges is high for the amount of work they are performing. Others appreciate the fact that it could end up being a total loss for an attorney if the case is not successful.
While most auto accident and personal injury attorney’s charge anywhere from 33 1/3 % to 40%, Maryland workers compensation attorneys are mandated by law to charge less.
Workers Comp fee percentage
The contingency fee arrangement in a workers compensation case is unique in the fact that Maryland’s Code of Regulations indicates in black letter law what the attorney may charge. The typical fee for a Maryland workers compensation attorney is 20%, however as the amount of compensation recovered increases the fee percentage decreases. If the attorney recovers $100,000 the fee is not going to be $20,000.
What is also interesting about fees in Maryland workers compensation cases is that the fee is capped by state law. For example if the recovery is $200,000, the fee is likely going to be close or the same as a fee in a $500,000 case.
If you have been injured on the job while working in Maryland or while working for a Maryland employer but out of state there should be no reluctance to higher a Maryland workers compensation attorney based on the fee they may charge.