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Does It Cost More to Retain A Highly Experienced Lawyer?

| Jun 22, 2022 | Firm News

Legal Fees for Worker’s Compensation & Social Security Disability Benefits Matters

Does it Cost More to Retain a Highly Experienced Lawyer?

Fees for Worker’s Compensation Matters

In Massachusetts, the fees that attorneys may charge for worker’s compensation matters are set by state statute.[1]  In general, where cases are settled with the insurance company, attorney fees range from 15% to 20%, depending upon the particular terms and conditions of the settlement.

If the insurance company does not settle and they lose in a hearing before the Department of Industrial Accidents, they may be liable for the full attorney’s fees that are due.   Similarly, if an injured employee is not successful in the initial proceedings but is successful on appeal, the court will order the insurance company to pay the reasonable attorney’s fees associated with the appeal, which will be in addition to the award made to the injured worker.[2]

Fees for Social Security Disability Benefits Matters

Similar to worker’s compensation benefits, legal fees for social security disability income (“SSDI”) benefits are also regulated by law.  Under federal law, attorneys’ fees for SSDI appeals are limited to 25% of the past due benefits, up to a $6,000 limit.  Attorneys are also entitled to reimbursement of costs, such as the costs to obtain medical records.

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[1] See /Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXXI/Chapter152/Section13A for more information.

[2] See /Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXXI/Chapter152/Section12A for more information.