How are workers’ compensation attorneys paid? Where can you find an attorney?

Lawyers will typically provide a single free consultation to assess your case. Usually you don’t pay your attorney immediately, but instead, a fee is taken out of your award/settlement. This fee varies from lawyer to lawyer, but expect anywhere between 9-15% of your settlement to go to your attorney (the fee must be approved by a workers’ compensation judge). In some instances, an attorney will not accept a case if the worker does not have a permanent disability.

It may be best to hire an attorney with experience and who ideally specializes in workers’ compensation. To find names of potential attorneys, you can check out the State Bar of California (415-538-2120, or visit, local bar associations, unions, or other injured workers via word of mouth. You can also try contacting the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (1-800-648-3132, or visit

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*The materials provided on this website are for informational purposes only. The materials are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Please contact your legal counsel to obtain official advice regarding legal matters.

About Desiree Mohazab

Desiree Mohazab, founder of Doc411 (formerly known as California MPN Providers, Inc.) has been in the industry for 22 years. Desiree has a diverse background of experience and has worked with hundreds of doctors and lawyers throughout her career. In 1996, Desiree founded Doc411 from her home - during this time she spent many years going to court hearings and negotiating with attorneys to settle cases, all while managing billing collections. As an entrepreneur with the passion to transform the workers’ compensation and personal injury processes for everyone, she built a network of medical providers for attorneys and their clients. Over its 22 years in business, Doc411 has continued to grow, expanding its services to marketing for all medical providers, pharmacy, and laboratory services. Inspired by her father, a general surgeon and founder of Soraya Hospital in Shiraz, Iran who exhibited great compassion and dedication towards patients, Desiree continues to develop services that provide a better patient and professional experience.