In Oklahoma, as in many other states, workers’ comp lawyers are paid only if you win your case. In order to collect a fee, your lawyer must be successful in getting the insurance company to pay you workers’ comp benefits. (To learn how much you might receive, see our article on workers’ comp benefits in Oklahoma.)
Oklahoma workers’ comp attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they don’t charge you for their services up front. Instead, they take a percentage of the benefits that they are able to win for you. Oklahoma places the following caps contingency fees in workers’ comp cases:
Attorneys’ fees must be approved by the Workers’ Compensation Commission at the end of your case.
Your lawyer’s fee does not include any legal costs incurred to pursue your case. For example, lawyers often need to pay for medical examinations, testimony from doctors, and court reporter fees for depositions. Many lawyers will pay these costs throughout your case and then deduct them from your settlement or award. (To learn more, see our article on what items are deducted from your workers’ comp settlement or award.)