How do attorney’s fees work in Florida workers’ compensation claims and what if I can’t afford an attorney?
Under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act, the injured employee’s attorney will be paid by the insurance company if he successfully prosecutes a claim for benefits that had been wrongfully denied by the insurance carrier. As part of a settlement, the employee pays a portion of his settlement, it’s a certain percentage, to the injured employee. All attorney fees in Florida must be approved by the judge of compensation claims. It is a felony for an injured employee’s attorney to receive any fee or gratuity that has not been approved by the judge of compensation claims.