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Why You Should Get a Lawyer for Workers’ Compensation
No matter how convenient handling your own work injury claim may seem, your employer and their insurer will move hell and high water to make sure you get the least benefits possible. This is where having your own attorney on your side will make a tremendous difference.
There are many reasons to use a lawyer’s services when filing a workers’ compensation claim:
To Protect 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 claim that your case is not legit or will not hold water. Having an attorney will prevent these people from pushing you around.
To Assess Your Case
Unless you’re a pro, it can be so hard to determine the worth of your workers’ comp case. Every case is unique, and you can’t just keep referring to other cases that seem similar to yours. In contrast, a lawyer, with all their legal know-how and experience, will be able to give a proper and accurate assessment.
To Ensure You Receive All Benefits Owed
In any workers’ compensation case, the average weekly wage is one of the most critical factors to be considered. How much compensation you receive while you’re off work will be based on such average. If the insurance firm under-evaluates your average weekly income, you will receive considerably less than owed. Having a lawyer ensures this will be avoided.
To Check for Third Party Liability
If another person’s negligence – for instance, a coworker’s or your employer’s – is behind your injury, you may be entitled to file a civil lawsuit on top of your 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. In reality, most such attorneys are hired on contingency basis, meaning there are no upfront costs to pay. You just have to sign a contract stating, among others, that you will give them a certain portion of what you eventually receive as compensation, if indeed your case succeeds. Still, this is something you have to clear up with your prospective lawyer before proceeding. With some, you may have to pay for miscellaneous costs upfront, such as doc stamps, photocopying and the like. After all, you can only hire someone whose expectations you can surely meet.