Q: I don't think I can afford a lawyer, how much does it cost for representation?
Fortunately for injured workers' in California, the attorneys fees that are paid to a client are completely regulated by law, and must be approved by a WCAB judge. They are usually paid out at between 12% and 15% of any monetary benefits your case settles for and is paid directly and separately to you and the attorney by the insurance carrier. Attorney fees are payable on a "contingency basis." This means that if there is no recovery there is no fee for the attorney to collect.