How Much Does a Workers Compensation Lawyer Cost?
In Arkansas, the attorney fees for injured workers are set by statute and therefore every attorney in Arkansas charges the same rate.
Attorney fees for injured workers in Arkansas are generally 25% of your recovery. That means that if there is no recovery, then there is no fee owed. Also, if the employer/workers’ compensation carrier disputes your claim, they must pay one half of the fee.
Ark. Code Ann. §11-9-715(a)(1)(A) specifically states:
Attorney’s fees shall be twenty-five percent (25%) of compensation for indemnity benefits payable to the injured employee or dependents of a deceased employee. Attorney’s fees shall not be awarded on medical benefits or services except as provided in subdivision (a)(4) of this section.
This law states that “attorney’s fees shall not be awarded on medical benefits or services.” Therefore, attorney fees are only awarded if there is a dispute over indemnity benefits (money that is awarded to you) and an attorney cannot charge an injured worker for a dispute over medical services.
Therefore, attorney’s in Arkansas will all charge the same fee for injured workers. The fee is a 25% contingency or “no win, no fee” and the employer/workers’ compensation carrier will have to pay half of the fee if the claim is disputed. Finally, there is no fee if the dispute is only over medical services.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding attorney fees in Arkansas, then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 479-442-2244.
Submitted By: Aaron L. Martin (Attorney/Partner)