Unlike a typical personal injury claim, attorney fees are capped and limited by statute under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. Attorney fees greater than $100.00 must be approved by the State Board. Attorney fees are limited to 25% of the settlement proceeds and/or weekly benefits obtained on behalf of the client.
If the injured worker terminates an attorney prior to settlement, that attorney may file a lien for the work he/she did on the claim. This lien can be based upon 25% of the last settlement offer or based upon the hourly fee/hours worked on the claim. However, the attorney fees will still be capped to a total of 25% for all the attorneys combined. This is controlled by statute. The client will not have to pay anything more than 25% regardless of how many attorneys he/she has hired (this does not include reimbursable expenses).