The termination of workers` rights to pledge compensation also has the effect of granting the carrier a charge against other benefits and terminating benefits based on the amount of recovery in a third case. These rules vary considerably from one State to another. Add to the fee agreement an explanation of how the right to pledge employee compensation insurance is reimbursed and the impact on the calculation of attorneys` fees and on your part. The important operational words in this case are “you” and “settle”. The lawyer is a professional, but you are the boss and the fee agreement is the employment contract that explains the duties of both parties. Remember, you hire the lawyer and the lawyer decides both what kind of work you need to do and what kind of boss you will be.