Surprisingly, not everyone who is filing a workers' compensation claim needs to hire a lawyer. In some cases, you can handle your workers' compensation claim on your own. However, it is important to know that you should at least consult with an attorney before you decide to handle your claim all on your own. Most experienced South Carolina Workers' Compensation attorneys offer free case evaluations that allows you to get a better understanding of your case's potential. Take advantage of this offer because you need to keep in mind that the workers' compensation claims adjustors are NOT on your side. They have your employers' interests in mind, so you will want to be as prepared as possible when handling your claim.
Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you at least consult with a South Carolina workers' compensation attorney so that they can give you some insight on how to handle your work injury claim.
Most Workers' Compensation Attorney's Fees are ContingencyMany South Carolina workers' compensation attorneys do not charge an hourly fee or require a retainer to represent an injured worker. Most law firms represent clients for work injuries on a contingency fee basis.
Contingency Fee Agreements work best for injured workers in South Carolina, because you may not have money to pay a lawyer, even if you need one. A contingency based fee agreement means that you owe nothing until and unless your case is resolved by settlement or award from the workers' compensation commissioner. When the case is resolved, the attorney's fee is deducted from the total amount of your award.
In our office, in most cases the client pays nothing out of pocket for their case. This means that you do not have to come up with money in order to have your legal rights protected for your workers' compensation case.
SC Workers' Compensation Attorney's Fees and Costs Must Be Approved By the Commission
In South Carolina, all lawyer's fees and costs incurred must be approved by the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission. The Commission's rules limit attorney's fees to one-third of the amount recovered. The lawyer's fee must be based on only the amount awarded and may not be calculated on the weekly benefits you received from your employer that were voluntarily paid to you as a result of your work injury.
It is always best to speak with an attorney about your workers' compensation claim, even if you are not yet ready to retain an attorney. Our office offers free reports and information for injured workers in South Carolina, including Charleston and the surrounding areas of the lowcountry and throughout the state. You can Call us at 843-277-6061 or contact us online, and we will call you!
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