Attorney's Fee Schedule in NC
When deciding to hire an attorney to handle a workers compensation claim, a common question is “How am I supposed to pay my attorney?” At Younce, Vtipil, & Baznik, P.A., we don’t get paid unless we get money for you, we’re successful in winning or defending a benefit you’re entitled to, or we have spent a significant amount of time in your case.
Attorney Joseph Baznik of Younce, Vtipil & Baznik explains the fees associated with a workers' compensation case in North Carolina.
Our North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys are not paid by the hour as most attorneys are. The legal fees that attorneys may charge for handling N.C. workers’ compensation claims are regulated by state law and must be approved by the North Carolina Industrial Commission, a state government agency that oversees workers’ compensation cases.
We recognize that if you are injured and unable to work, money may be tight, and you should not have to worry about how to afford a lawyer. Therefore, our committed attorneys at Younce, Vtipil, & Baznik, P.A., handle workers’ compensation cases on a contingency fee basis. That allows injured workers to have experienced legal representation without having to pay for a lawyer out of pocket. An experienced workers’ comp attorney can guide you through the complicated appeals process if your claim has been denied or the amount of your workers’ compensation benefits are in dispute.
The initial consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney at Younce, Vtipil & Baznik about your workplace injury claim is free and carries no obligation. We will treat you with respect and individual attention, explain your legal options and whether appealing a disputed claim is appropriate in your case. We only charge an attorney’s fee if we are successful in obtaining benefits for you.
What is a Contingency Fee?
In a contingency fee arrangement, our fee is an agreed upon percentage of the value of the settlement or court award that we obtain for you.
Our fee is 25% of the total amount of compensation that we are successful in winning on your behalf. We may get 25% of future compensation you receive depending on the amount of time we have spent on your case, or if we have to successfully fight to protect a benefit the law gives you.
In a contingency arrangement, we don’t get paid until you get paid.
What Fees Do Workers’ Comp Attorneys Receive in North Carolina?
There are some law firms that automatically start taking 25% of their client’s workers’ compensation benefits the moment they sign the client up, even though they have not done anything to support that fee. We don’t believe that is fair, and that is not our policy. At Younce, Vtipil, & Baznik, P.A., every attorney fee MUST be earned.
Our attorney fee arrangement is set up to allow you access to the North Carolina legal system so that you have someone who knows what they’re doing in your corner protecting your rights during your most difficult time.
Our fee arrangement will be in writing. We will go over the agreement with you and answer your questions before you sign anything.
Attorneys also are entitled to be reimbursed for the cost of legal expenses incurred while handling your workers’ compensation case. These expenses may include, for example, filing fees and the cost of hiring an independent medical expert to provide evidence in your case and testify on your behalf. Legal expenses are in addition to attorneys’ fees. We will go over the types of legal expenses you may expect.
Taking the burden of worrying about how to pay for a lawyer to protect you when you may not have a paycheck coming in should not be a worry you have, and we can handle that for you at our firm.
The fact that attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation cases are regulated by statute in North Carolina means that most workers’ compensation attorneys charge the same customary percentage contingent fee. Therefore, you can focus on hiring an attorney based on his or her qualifications and experience rather than fees.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney in North Carolina
Most employers in North Carolina are required to have workers’ compensation insurance and provide benefits to workers who are injured on the job or develop a work-related illness. Unfortunately, some employers and their insurance administrators try to dispute valid workers’ comp claims or misclassify employees as independent contractors to avoid paying benefits. That’s not right. Our trusted lawyers at Younce, Vtipil, & Baznik, P.A., have many years of experience handling workers’ compensation cases and have successfully represented many injured workers. We bring that experience to each case we handle.
Attorneys Robert C. “Chip” Younce Jr. and David E. Vtipil are board-certified specialists in North Carolina worker compensation law. North Carolina State Bar certification means that an attorney has received additional training in a particular area of law and passed a special written exam. Only a small percentage of attorneys in North Carolina are board-certified in workers’ compensation law. Both Younce and Vtipil are listed in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of workers’ compensation law. Attorney Joe Baznik, who is fluent in Spanish, handles workers’ compensation cases for Spanish-speaking clients.
At Younce, Vtipil, & Baznik, P.A., we apply our experience and knowledge to help clients pursue the workers’ comp benefits they need. Our law firm uses state-of-the-art case management software so that clients receive the best representation possible.
We understand that your first visit is the most important, and asking the right questions is crucial to a successful worker’s compensation case.
We have provided the 3 questions you should ask your attorney about their fee schedule when meeting them for the initial visit.
- What is your contingency fee percentage, and when do I have to pay legal fees?
- How long does it take to get paid after my case is over?
- What fees do attorney’s receive in NC?
The Younce, Vtipil, & Baznik, P.A., Advantage
You will not owe a legal fee unless we are successful in securing benefits for you. We recognize that selecting a workers’ compensation lawyer is an important decision for you.
We appreciate you considering Younce, Vtipil, & Baznik, P.A., for your legal needs. If you have any further questions please feel free to call or email us at 919-351-8827.