Carl J. Sommerer Is a Multiple Award Winning Workers' Compensation Attorney
No Recovery, No Fee!
Law Firm Minneapolis
Founded in 1986 by Carl J. Sommerer, our firm specializes in Workers’ Compensation matters, personal injury, and Social Security Disability.
Carl J. Sommerer:
How We Charge
There are NO fees or costs until we recover.
Attorney’ fees in Minnesota for Workers’ Compensation cases are regulated by law. All attorneys representing injured employees must work under a contingency fee agreement. If a recovery of benefits is not made by the attorney on your behalf, you will not owe the attorney a fee. If a recovery of benefits is made, the fee will be based upon a percentage of the recovery.
The exact fee may vary depending on the amount and type of benefit recovered. If your attorney is able to recover benefits, the fee will generally be 25% of the first $4,000 recovered and 20% of the next $60,000 of benefits recovered.
If the attorney recovers medical benefits or rehabilitation benefits for you, the attorney’s fee is paid by the Workers’ Compensation insurer, and not out of the medical or rehabilitation benefits recovered or from your benefits.
In certain instances, you may receive a percentage of reimbursement of attorney’s fees you have paid. The attorney is not entitled to a fee on any benefits paid voluntarily. An attorney is only entitled to a fee if he or she recovers benefits for you.
All attorney’s fees must be approved by the Workers’ Compensation Division of the Department of Labor and Industry and you must receive a copy of any fees claimed. You further have a right to object to claimed fees, if appropriate. (See Minn. Stat. 176.081)