Workers' Compensation

Workers’ compensation laws were created as a way to protect both employees and employers from on-the-job hazards. At its core, workers’ compensation is meant to be a no-fault system. In other words, it is meant to act as a safety net that allows a person who was injured at work to collect their due compensation at no fault to the employer, their coworkers, or themselves — no matter who caused the accident in the first place.

Unfortunately, though, workers’ compensation claims are often less straightforward than they should be. Sometimes the insurance company doesn’t want to cooperate, the employer lashes out against the employee filing the claim, or other complications arise. And even when a case isn’t laden with extra obstacles, most workers aren’t sure how to go about filing their claim to begin with. That’s why, more often than not, it’s best to play it safe and consult with a workers’ compensation attorney. Otherwise, you may receive less compensation than you are entitled to, or you may be denied payment altogether.

Throughout my years of experience in this field of law, I’ve seen insurance companies take every chance they get to reduce or deny a person’s claim. They’re looking to save money at the expense of the person who truly needs that compensation. My job is to push back against such injustices. I know that my clients need help paying for their medical bills in addition to their usual expenses — especially if their injury is causing them to miss work. That’s why I fight for fair payment and work to educate those who might otherwise settle for less than they deserve.

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Severity of the Injury

As a general rule, the more serious the injury, the more important it is to hire a workers’ compensation attorney. For instance, if a workplace injury causes a permanent injury or illness, it’s crucial that you get the compensation you need — and that means claiming more than a simple, one-time payout. In such cases, you need to file for the appropriate health benefits to ensure your medical needs are met now and in the future.

Having a workers’ compensation attorney draft your settlement documents means increasing your chances of having both your immediate and future needs met, in regard to both your finances and your health. In addition, your lawyer will know what to look out for as they help you fill out your paperwork. Many of my clients, for example, simply need help getting started with their claim. They contact me for guidance on which documents to collect, and I direct them to the appropriate information. Afterward, I gladly look over the paperwork to ensure nothing has been overlooked. When matters are more complex, I walk my clients through every step of the process and, if necessary, represent them all the way through litigation.

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In the world of workers’ compensation, an open-and-shut case is one in which your injury is very minor, you miss little to no work, your employer is cooperating with you, and your injury isn’t affecting a pre-existing condition. If any of those statements aren’t true, though, it’s time to contact an attorney. To start learning more about your case, call my office today to set up a consultation.