Minneapolis workers’ compensation attorney, Dean Salita, discusses how attorneys only get paid if they win the case for asbestos and mesothelioma cases.
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I work on a contingent-fee basis. Every lawyer in the state, as a Workers’ Compensation lawyer, my fee is – falls under the Workers’ Compensation Law. So I have to take a fee as to what the Workers’ Compensation Law talks about. So the same goes for costs. I have to get medical records as a lawyer, and I may have to do some investigation. And I put the money out of my firm to do that. But it’s not something that an employee, when they come to me, has to pay me a retainer or pay anything to do. We put that out, and if the cases resolve themselves, which most of them do, or we go to a hearing and win on those, the employee is not stuck with costs. So there’s really not that much risk for the employee to do. And I obviously, as a lawyer, have to think, “Is this case worth my while to do it?” And I’ll be honest with a client to say, “Time limits are up, or I don’t think we can prove this”, so I don’t want a client to incur costs that they don’t need. They’re going through enough at this time with the disease and the disease process and dealing with family and more important issues that they don’t need to be worried about the lawyer and what the costs of a lawsuit is.