If you have been probably injured at work and you face the combination of missed wages and huge hospital bills, you need to be compensated adequately. But it is usually not as easy as filling a claim and getting paid instantly.
If you want to get a compensation settlement that you deserve, then it is essential that you hire a qualified workers’ compensation benefit attorney. With a qualified attorney by your side, you will be in a better position to argue your case and get what’s rightfully yours.
The following are some of the benefits of hiring a workers’ compensation attorney
- Hiring a workers’ compensation attorney is affordable
Workers’ compensation attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning that they get paid a percentage of the settlement. There are no upfront charges, retainer fee, no phone call fees because fees get paid at the end of the case, and only if you get the settlement.
And besides, since the fee is based on how much the recovery is, there is no way an attorney can disappear with your money. And since the lawyer gets more money when you get a larger settlement, this makes them put more effort on the case.
- You get to enjoy guidance and experience benefits
When one is involved in a compensation case, they will receive all sorts of advice from family members, friends, colleagues, or even supervisors. Some of this advice may be confusing or contradictory. And neither can you rely on the insurance company to give you honest advice regarding your rights because their primary interest is to minimize the amount of compensation that they should pay you.
And this is why you need a workers’ compensation attorney who will give you guidance and the right advice on how the system works and your rights regarding the case.
- An attorney ensures that you receive the benefits that you should receive
Average weekly wage is one of the most variables in worker’s compensation cases. It is the amount you receive while you are not working, and it is the basis of the settlement at the end of the case. If an insurance company lowers your weekly wage, you could receive less amount during the period of the case and a lower settlement at the end of the case than what you deserve.
Having a lawyer by your side will ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve especially if you are entitled to benefits such as job retraining or modifications.
- An attorney will protect your rights
There are some instances where you may not be aware of your rights especially when dealing directly with an adjuster. You may be told that you cannot claim a back injury because you had a backache condition before, or you may be sent to a company doctor for multiple compromised medical exams or the nurse manager assigned to you may interfere with the relationship between you and your doctor. When you have your attorney by your side, he or she will ensure that the insurance company does not treat you unfairly or violate your rights.