For most people, hiring an attorney can be daunting and intimidating. Most people never have any need to hire an attorney before an injury occurs. Some attorneys can charge exorbitant hourly rates
Hiring an attorney in a workers compensation claim is a SMART thing to do. I work on what is known as a "contingent fee" basis. To put it simply -- if you don't succeed with your claim, then I don't get paid. While there can sometimes be out of pocket expenses for things like medical records and examinations, these are usually minimal and affordable. More importantly, these expenses are paid by me and repaid when you receive your award.
It can pay to shop around. Some attorneys will charge a fee from most every check you receive. More commonly an attorney will limit the fee to what are known as "lump sum" awards. "Lump sums" are the first check that you receive after you and your lawyer attend a hearing and secure a favorable decision.
For example, if you are receiving ongoing compensation then I do not charge a fee. If your employer stopped your TTD, and you and I went to a hearing to order them to start it up again, then I would charge a fee based upon your retroactive TTD. Once your compensation begins anew, you continue to receive your full award. My fee is based solely on the interrupted period of temporary total compensation.
I am only charging a fee when I am EARNING it. Even if your compensation is never interrupted, then it is still smart to hire an attorney. It will provide you with peace of mind in knowing that someone is ready, willing and able to step in should the need arise and is available to answer your questions.