Contingency Fee

Russ Haugen

Contingency Fee – Is it really risk free?

If we are handling a case for you, whether it is a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim, our law firm works on a contingency fee basis.  This means that there are no up-front costs and we only get paid if you get paid.  In other words, if there is no recovery for you (which is highly unlikely if we decide to represent you), you do not owe us anything.

Now, the contingency fee varies based on the type of case.  In workers’ compensation claims, the contingency fee is typically 20%.  In a personal injury case, the fee is typically 33.33% or 40% depending on when the case resolves.  At the outset of any case, you will be asked to sign a representation agreement.  The contingency fee amount that will be charged at the time of recovery will be outlined in that agreement.

When does it Vest?

By its very definition, the contingency fee is contingent upon the receipt of money.  Therefore, an attorney does not get paid until the client is paid.  For example, if an insurance company makes an offer but the client decides to reject the offer, the attorney is not entitled to a certain percentage of the offer.  The attorney is only entitled to a certain percentage of the recovery once it has been paid by the insurance company or the defendant.

Are you entitled to a percentage of my weekly workers’ compensation benefits?

If the insurance company is voluntarily paying you weekly benefits in a workers’ compensation case, the attorney is not entitled to a fee on those benefits.  So, if you are getting paid benefits, you should not be discouraged to get an attorney.  However, if the insurance company stops paying those benefits during the pendency of the case and your attorney must fight to get those benefits paid to you, the contingency fee would apply to that situation.

Is it really risk free?

No matter how the case is resolved, either by way of settlement, arbitration hearing, or jury verdict, there is no fee unless the client makes a recovery.  So, it really is risk free.  Based on the fact that it is risk free, you should contact an attorney at Woodruff Johnson & Evans to make sure that you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to under the law.

No person who suffers a work injury or is the victim of someone else’s negligence should be required to go up against an insurance company on their own.  The contingency-fee agreement allows that injured person to hire an attorney who is there fighting in their corner without having to endure any up-front costs or ongoing fee payments.  Woodruff Johnson & Evans offers its clients true contingency fee agreements and will only get paid if recovery is made in your case.


From day one, Russell Haugen and Woodruff Johnson & Evans handled the work comp case with empathy and diligence. Highly recommended.

I would definitely recommend Woodruff Johnson & Evans to anyone I know that need legal help with a worker’s comp issue. From day one I’ve felt comfortable and was always kept informed on what was going on with my case. Mr. Haugen was always pleasant and empathetic to my case and worked diligently. I would […]

Shelia W

Jay Johnson is a good communicator and speaks to his clients in a language they can understand.

Jay always answers or returns my calls promptly. Jay is able to share information about my claim in a non-lawyer kind of way.

Chris J.

Fighting for My Workers Compensation with Attorney Lee Alhambra Gave Me Peace Of Mind And Victory.

I Had A Nasty Tumble/Fall On A Cushioned Mat Behind A Desk At Work. I Had Been Totally Misinformed And Misled By Employers About Making A Full Recovery And Legal Processes. I Did Not Understand Any Legal Issues. I Contacted Woodruff Johnson & Evans And Spoke With Leandro A. Alhambra. Lee Explained To Me How […]

Karen K

Jay Johnson Helped Me Through A Nightmare of a Lawsuit

I just want to thank Woodruff Johnson & Evans Attorney Jay Johnson and his legal secretary, Annie,  for helping me through this whole lawsuit nightmare. I appreciate your time and effort, and YES, I would  highly recommend you to anyone.

Tammy B

It was a pleasure working with Russell Haugen and the legal team at Woodruff Johnson & Evans!

It was a pleasure working with Russ and his team!!! They explained everything thoroughly and helped me with all my needs during this difficult time! I was happy with the outcome, they were a great referral to me and I will gladly refer this office on to others!

Noelia M.

I would like to thank Dexter & the whole Woodruff team on representing me.

Would like to thank Dexter & the whole Woodruff Johnson & Evans legal team for representing me. Dex, I really appreciate you for standing on my behalf with this long journey.

Kennesha W.

Jay Johnson was on top of everything when I had issues, and kept me informed, would recommend!

Jay Johnson was on top of everything when I had issues, and kept me informed, would recommend!

Timothy T

I have complete trust, confidence and satisfaction in Attorney Russell Haugen.

I have been represented by a number of lawyers in the last 3 years with no satisfaction and no confidence. That changed when Russell Haugen took my case. Russell updated me regularly and truthfully worked on my behalf. With Russell’s council, I received a fair settlement for my losses. I have complete trust, confidence and […]

Dennis C

Lee Alhambra: kind and patient when explaining things, and a calmness that is soothing in stressful situations.

Want to say thank you to Attorney Leandro Alhambra for not just being a good lawyer but for being kind and patient when explaining things. He has calmness that is soothing in stressful situations.


Lee Alhambra will represent you well and will fight for your case. Highly Recommended.

Very professional, detailed and courteous. My case was handled with ease and I’m very grateful! Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices will represent you well and fight for you. Leandro Alhambra is a lawyer I would highly recommend.

Dylan C
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