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James Golkow and Daniel Hessel formerly served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Worker’s Compensation Subrogation Department at a major subrogation law firm. In January of 2008, Jim and Dan brought that knowledge, experience and expertise to Golkow Hessel, LLC. Golkow Hessel, LLC is capable of handling workers’ compensation subrogation claims on a national basis. They are skilled in investigating and handling all types of workplace accident cases, including construction accidents, products liability cases, premises liability cases, professional malpractice, and other types of losses. See our RESULTS for more information.

Our involvement on behalf of insurers results in no additional fee to the insurers. In most states, the injured worker’s attorney is entitled to take an attorneys’ fee out of the lien recovery regardless of whether the insurance company actually hires that attorney. In cases where we are able to partner with the worker’s attorney, they will work out an equitable fee split, meaning the carrier pays no additional fee for our involvement.

Upon assignment, we will provide an Initial Case Evaluation within 14 days of receipt, and detailed status reports every 60 days thereafter, in addition to other reports after meaningful events occur in the case. For more details about our practice, view our subrogation brochure here: GOLKOW HESSEL WORKERS' COMPENSATION SUBROGATION BROCHURE

Golkow Hessel, LLC has authored a paper titled Worker's Compensation Subrogation in Pennsylvania. If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of this paper, call (215) 988-9400, or email Dan Hessel at dhessel@golkowhessel.com. For a preview of this paper, click here: WORKERS' COMPENSATION SUBROGATION IN PENNSYLVANIA (PREVIEW)

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Will an insurance company have to pay additional attorneys’ fees if it retains Golkow Hessel in a case where the injured worker already has counsel?

No. In most cases, we are able to enter into a joint-partnership agreement with the worker’s attorney and arrange for an equitable fee split. Regardless of whether we are involved in the case, the worker’s attorney will be allowed to deduct a percentage of the lien for his/her attorney’s fee. In cases where we partner, we simply split that fee with the worker’s attorney, resulting in no additional fee to the insurer other than what it would owe anyway. Yet, if we are involved, you will have a voice in the direction of the case and receive frequent status reports.

What are the advantages to retaining Golkow Hessel instead of simply relying upon the worker’s counsel to pay the lien at the end of the case?

There are numerous benefits to our involvement. First, you can trust that the case will be prosecuted in an aggressive and skilled manner. Attorneys at Golkow Hessel specialize in handling workplace injury claims. Second, we will be sure to protect your subrogation rights, by advising you on the effect of the applicable subrogation statute. Third, we will provide you with an honest assessment of the case and frequent status reports.

Does Golkow Hessel, LLC offer an initial meeting with a lawyer without a charge?

Yes. One of our attorneys will personally meet with you at our office, your home, or wherever else is convenient for you to discuss your case. Regardless of whether you hire us, or whether we elect to take your case, there will be no charge to you for our initial meeting. If you have any doubt about your case, we strongly encourage you to call us for legal advice. No case is too big or small. We have made numerous recoveries on behalf of clients who had been told by other lawyers that they had no case. For example, we recovered $1.25 million for a client who had been turned down by two other law firms.

What happens if Golkow Hessel cannot partner with the worker’s attorney?

We will close our file at no charge to you regardless of the extent of our investigation, and make sure that the claimant is on noitce of the lien and aware of the lien obligations.

Is there a minimum threshold lien amount required to retain Golkow Hessel?

In losses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we will investigate any matter where the total expected payout will be $50,000 or more. In losses in other states, we suggest a reserve amount of $100,000. We make exceptions on a case-by-case basis and frequently handle cases below this threshold if it is economically sensible to do so.

If Golkow Hessel investigates a case and subrogation is not available, is there a fee?

No. We investigate cases at our own risk. You will owe us a fee only if we make a recovery on your behalf.

In the event of a recovery, does the worker or insurer have priority over the funds?

It depends on the state. Some states give the insurers the right to “first dollar.” Other states require that the injured worker be “made whole” before the lien can be recovered. We are knowledgeable on the laws of all 50 states and can quickly advise you on your rights in any jurisdiction.

Is Golkow Hessel available to do a training session?

Yes. We are able to craft a presentation / training seminar that meets your needs. We provide this service to clients and prospective clients free of charge. Contact us to schedule a meeting.