Do I have to pay any legal costs?
This really depends on the type of claim you have. In workers compensation claims there are no legal costs payable. In other types of claims, such as motor vehicle accident claim cases or negligence claim cases the majority of legal costs are paid by the insurance companies if you are successful.
In some cases there is a difference between what the insurance company have to pay directly to us, and the actual legal costs payable. The difference is usually only one third of the total legal costs, and this can be paid directly from the compensation case payout.
You should also note that the Government has introduced restrictions on payment of legal costs if your claim is worth less than $100,000.00. In that case the maximum amount of legal costs payable by an insurer is $10,000.00 or 20% of the verdict, whichever is the greater amount.