Nothing, unless you win. In Wisconsin, workers compensation attorneys only get paid if they successfully help get you workers compensation benefits. Its a 20% attorney fee on the benefits the lawyer helps to get for you. In addition, if the lawyer pays up front for costs such as medical records, bills, and reports, as well as for vocational experts or other expenses to help prove up the case, those costs are reimbursed to the worker's compensation attorney out of any successful settlement or hearing. If a lawyer does not get you a recovery, there is no attorney fee. This contingency fee arrangement allows people to get quality legal representation in order to fight on a level playing field with the workers comp insurance company and its legion of lawyers, adjusters, nurse case managers and independent medical examiners or IME doctors.
To speak with a workers compensation attorney, call McCormick Law Office at (414) 272-3636. There is no charge or obligation for a free initial consultation over the telephone.
At McCormick Law Office, we often agree to represent injured employees while they are getting paid temporary total disability workers compensation benefits, even though we do not take or get paid any attorney fee on these conceded benefits. We do this because at some point the insurance company will deny or refuse to pay the full range of benefits the worker is entitled to under the law. By providing earlier representation, we are better prepared to obtain the full range of benefits when the time comes.