Okay, maybe this seems like a really silly question. However, if you are considering calling a lawyer about a workers’ compensation matter, you probably want to make sure that you are not going to receive a bill, at any time, for anything. Free should mean free, right?
I can’t speak for any other law firm, but at Bradt Law Offices, a free consultation for your work comp case means just that – A FREE CONSULTATION. I don’t know how to say it any more clearly.
A consultation might mean a simple phone conversation to discuss your claim. The phone call is free. No charge.
If we discuss your claim on the phone and decide to schedule a meeting, the meeting is also free. No charge. We can meet in our office, in the hospital or at your home. Free. No charge.
In all seriousness, I hope that I have made my point. If you contact us about your claim, you will never be charged for a phone call, a meeting or any other type of consultation about your claim. It makes no difference whether we take your case, or not. If you hire us, we will pay the necessary expenses to obtain medical records and reports, depositions, investigations, expert opinions, etc. Unless you have a very unusual case or we make different arrangements with you, you will never get a bill from us or be asked to pay us any money out of your own pocket.
Contingent Fee Arrangements for all Work Comp Claims
In Minnesota work comp cases, attorney fees are set by law and we only get paid if we win. Not only are the fees contingent on our success, but our fees are controlled by law and are the same for every lawyer in every Minnesota work comp case. Attorney fees are 25% of the first $4000 we recover for you, and then 20% after that. (UPDATE: For injuries occurring on or after October 1, 2013, attorney fees are now 20% of all benefits recovered up to an automatic maximum of $26,000) In some cases, the work comp insurance company may even have to pay our fees. (For a more complete discussion of work comp attorney fees in Minnesota, you may want to read one of our previous blog posts, How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Minnesota?)
Don’t Be Afraid to Get Experienced Legal Advice
If you have any questions, at any time, about a possible work comp claim, please don’t be afraid to call or e-mail us. We are happy to help and will always give you an honest opinion, based on 28 years of experience helping injured people all across northern Minnesota and on the Iron Range.
Oh, and one more thing – the coffee is free, too.
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