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How Much Do You Charge to Represent Me in a Workers’ Compensation Case?

Workers’ compensation cases are always very sensitive issues. If you’ve been injured on the job, you want and deserve to be compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. But, as the old saying goes, you don’t want to “bite the hand that feeds you” either, do you?

Don’t let this old quip stop you from getting the compensation you deserve. When you work with a workers’ compensation attorney like myself - I’m not actually fighting your employer for the benefits you deserve. Instead, I’m fighting against your employer’s insurance company, which, at the end of the day, doesn’t care about you or your employer, but only about keeping as much of the money they make through insurance premiums as possible.

Many Louisiana residents mistakenly think that if they hire a workers compensation attorney that they’ll 1) have to pay a lot of money up front and out of pocket and 2) be at risk of losing their job just because they’re fighting for the compensation they deserve. I’m here to tell you that none of these cases are true.

When you work with a Baton Rouge workers’ compensation attorney like myself, you don’t pay anything until you win your benefits. And, even better, my fee is capped by statute at 20%. That means the law guarantees that you’ll keep 80% of your winnings! Additionally, because I also understand how workers’ compensation cases affect employment law, I know how to protect you and your job, all along the way.

Of course, you can try working with the insurance companies yourself. But, as an experienced Baton Rouge workers’ compensation attorney, I must tell you that’s not recommended. A workers’ compensation insurance company is no different from any other type of insurance company - they’re all in the business of keeping as much money as possible, and offering as little awards as they can get away with.

If you speak directly with a workers’ compensation insurance company, you’ll probably be met by a friendly person who seems concerned about you and your injuries. That friendly person will also try to ease you into making a recorded statement. Don’t do it! These are all tricks that workers’ compensation insurance companies do to try to get out of paying you the winnings you deserve. They try to “catch” you on tape making statements that might seem contradictory to things you say later. You should also be aware of the insurance company trying to video you while you are working in the yard or shopping in the grocery store. Don’t be surprised at what tricks the insurance companies will pull to try and keep from paying what you deserve.

When you’re injured on the job, your first call should be for help - typically to 911 if your injuries are severe - and you should alert your employer of your injury as soon as possible. Your next call should be to a Baton Rouge workers’ compensation attorney like me, who can help you navigate the complicated process of getting your medical bills paid and helping you recover for pain and suffering and lost wages from the injury you obtained on the job.

If you’ve been injured at work - even if you’ve already spoken to the insurance companies - I may still be able to help you. Call me today for a free consultation at (225) 687-1111.