Your initial consultation is free. Workers’ compensation cases are handled on “contingency fee” basis. This means that your attorney will take his or her fee as a percentage of your settlement. The law in North Carolina generally restricts an attorney from charging more than 25% of your settlement or award. You are still responsible for any costs associated with obtaining the settlement or award, such as the out-of-pocket fees the attorney will incur for gathering your medical records. These costs are in addition to the attorney’s percentage fee. Generally these costs are reimbursed to the attorney out of the settlement proceeds.