I am often asked by client’s how much money it will cost them to have me represent them in a workers compensation matter. They are often surprised to hear that the insurance carrier is responsible for any attorney fees when we assist them in obtaining benefits, including scarring and loss of use. Attorney fees are awarded by the Court for work performed by the attorney on the client’s behalf and the fees must be paid by the insurance carrier. The only time our office is entitled to compensation from a client is if there is a full and final lump sum settlement of the case at which time we will be entitled to a 20% maximum fee under the workers compensation laws of RI.
The bottom line is that the client will pay no fees for any work performed unless there is a full and final lump sum settlement of their claim.