Why You Should Get a Lawyer for Workers’ Compensation
As much as you might want to handle your work injury claim yourself, your employer and their insurer will do everything they can to minimize your benefits. This is where having your own lawyer working for your own interests will make a difference.
There are lots of reasons hiring a lawyer for your workers’ compensation claim makes sense:
To Fight for Your Rights
Handling your work injury claim yourself means dealing directly with the insurance adjuster, and you may not have all the knowledge you need to protect your rights. They may even tell you that your claim is not legit. With a lawyer, these people will be forced to treat you fairly.
To Evaluate Your Case
If you’re not a professional, knowing how much your workers’ comp case is worth can be a feat. All cases are different, and you can’t be comparing your claim to others just because you see similarities. In contrast, an attorney, with their legal prowess and all, will be able to give an accurate and solid assessment.
To Make Sure You Receive All Due Benefits
Your average weekly wage is one of the most crucial variables involved in your workers’ compensation case. Such average will dictate how much compensation you should get while you’re not working. If your employer’s insurance company under-evaluates your average weekly income, you could end up receiving so much less than you should. But with a lawyer, this will never happen.
To Find Third Party Liability, If Any
If another person’s negligence was the main cause of your injury (for instance, a coworker or your boss), you can look into filing a civil lawsuit besides the workers’ comp case. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. But a lawyer’s help will be useful in terms of determining whether or not a third party liability lawsuit should be filed.
A lot of people skip hiring a workers’ compensation attorney because they think they would not be able to afford one. Fact is, most of these lawyers are hired on a contingency arrangement, which means you don’t have to pay any up front costs. You just have to agree to give them a certain percentage of the compensation you expect to receive if indeed your case turns out successful. Still, you have to clear this up with your potential lawyer before moving forward. Some will charge up front for miscellaneous expenses, like doc stamps and photocopying. After all, you shouldn’t be hiring someone if you’re not on the same page.