If you’ve been injured on the job, you might be wondering whether to hire a lawyer to assist you with your claim. The answer is most likely, yes. In fact, most reputable lawyers will tell you if you have a claim that you can handle by yourself.
1. Costs Nothing Upfront
Injury lawyers represent you on a contingent the basis when dealing with workers’ compensation cases. This means that the attorney will only collect payment—a portion of your workers’ compensation benefits—if you win the case. If you’re not awarded any benefits from the case, you won’t owe the attorney anything. This makes hiring a lawyer risk free.
2. Specialized Knowledge
Workers’ compensation laws used to favor workers. Now the insurance company has the upper hand and often denies or delays claims from the start. The judge cannot give you legal advice or tell you when a settlement offer is unfair. A workers’ compensation attorney has experience to make sure you get the treatment you need and a prompt, fair settlement. .
3. Prevent Retaliation
If your employer knows that you have an attorney, they are less likely to take retaliatory action against you. An attorney is a good insurance policy to ensure that you are treated fairly, and with respect, throughout the claim process.
4. Fair Settlement
An insurance claims adjuster’s job is to try to keep insurance payouts as low as possible. They have no incentive to pay quickly or make a large payment. A workers’ compensation attorney can fight for you to get the best settlement possible.
5. Protect Your Future Needs
When your case settles, it is over. However, there are situations where the insurance company will have to pay for related future medical needs. If you are receiving Social Security disability, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, a poorly drafted settlement agreement can impact your future benefits. An experienced attorney won’t let that happen!
If you have been hurt in a workplace accident and have other questions, contact The S.E. Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937) or visit http://www.FarrisLaw.net today for a free consultation.