How do I pay a lawyer if I hire one?
…A Judge at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board must approve any fees paid to your attorney. The fees paid to lawyers in the workers’ compensation system are rather strictly regulated. The fee is typically 12% to 15% of the benefits awarded. Usually the insurance company will pay your attorney directly at the conclusion of your case. You should never have to pay your lawyer directly. If your case is lost and you have no recovery, then the lawyer does not get paid and you owe your attorney nothing. If your attorney has also represented you for vocational retraining, there will also be a fee in conjunction with this representation.
My workers’ compensation claim is accepted, but why isn’t the insurance company paying me?
…This is perhaps the most common question we receive in workers’ compensation litigation. To answer the question it is important to understand the basic monetary entitlements under the workers’ compensation laws. There are three basic types of monetary obligations for the insurance company. The first is temporary disability, the second is vocational rehabilitation maintenance allowance (VRMA), and the last is permanent disability. These are the only monetary obligations the basic workers’ compensation law provides for. A Cincinnati car accident lawyer will also be able to handle these issues along with others you may have.