Many injured workers in Arizona are reluctant to hire an attorney because they think it will cost them a lot of money out of pocket. However, this is almost never the case. Most Arizona attorneys who specialize in workers compensation work on a contingency fee. This means that the attorney only charges a fee if they win your case or obtain you additional benefits. In most cases, the fee is 25% of any permanent benefits or settlement that is obtained at the end of your case. In some cases that require litigation, the fee may be 25% of any benefits obtained for the injured worker.
If an attorney tries to charge you an hourly rate in a workers compensation claim, or starts charging you 25% of your temporary compensation (compensation paid while your claim is open), you should start looking for a new lawyer.
VERY IMPORTANT: Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Any worker injured on the job in Arizona should take advantage of this service and find out about his or her workers compensation rights immediately after sustaining an on-the-job injury.
Snow, Carpio, and Weekley are attorneys who practice exclusively Arizona Workers' Compensation. They are the only Arizona workers comp firm with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. They can be reached at (602) 532-0700 or (520) 647-9000