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What Does a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Charge and How Do Fees Work in Georgia?

Posted on June 4, 2021 in

When an injured worker hires an attorney for a Georgia workers’ compensation claim, the lawyer is required to file a signed contract with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC).  The contract is governed by OCGA 34-9-108 and Rule 108 of the SBWC.

Every workers’ compensation contract has to include the following required provisions.

Rule 108 provides:

  • This contract is subject to the approval of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
  • No fee of more than $100.00 shall be paid under the contract unless approved by the Board.
  • No contract shall be filed with the Board which provides for a fee greater than 25 percent of the recovery of weekly benefits.
  • No party or any party’s attorney shall enter into a loan or assignment with a third-party creditor which requires repayment from the proceeds of a workers’ compensation claim.

The SBWC will approve an attorney’s fee if the attorney can show that it was his efforts that caused the client to get the money.  To get the fee approved, the attorney must submit an approved contract and show that he caused the money to be paid.  There is no fee on the medical expenses only on money that is paid directly to you.

If you have questions about your workers’ comp claim or any other aspect of the workers’ compensation system, contact our firm for a free consultation.

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