Q: How much does it cost to file a workers’ compensation claim in Texas?
Employees injured at work are generally entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Understandably, workers sometimes worry about the expenses they may incur while pursuing the benefits they deserve.
Injury victims must already cope with severe pain, medical bills they can’t pay, and loss of income due to missed time from work. Under these circumstances, they may hesitate to incur the expense of fighting for workers’ compensation benefits. The good news is they don’t have to, since it’s actually possible to secure these benefits at no up-front cost.
Workers’ Compensation Contingency Fees
As with most personal injury cases, attorneys generally handle workers’ compensation claims on a contingency fee basis. By eliminating the need to spend any money up-front, contingency fee arrangements allow all injured workers to secure professional legal representation, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Contingency fee arrangements also provide a powerful incentive for attorneys to fight hard for their clients, since they're only paid when they secure client compensation.
The workers’ compensation contingency fee system in Texas works a bit differently than arrangements typically found in other states. Attorneys receive a portion of the workers’ compensation benefits or settlement directly from the insurance company through the following process:
● The attorney submits a bill outlining the work performed to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).
● After the TDI approves the bill, it's forwarded to the employer's insurance company.
● The insurance company pays the attorney directly, so payments received by the injured worker already have legal fees deducted.
You Need an Attorney
If you were injured in an accident at work, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you secure the benefits you deserve. It all starts with a free legal consultation, after which your attorney can help you complete Form 0-41, which may be filed for free.
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