Questions You May Have About Hiring A Workers Compensation Lawyer
Have you been injured at work, through no fault of your own? Are you having trouble getting your rightful payments for your injury? When you've been hurt, it can be difficult to deal with insurance companies. They may keep demanding more and more paperwork, proof that you thought you already gave to them, in an effort to avoid paying you. Under these circumstances, the best thing you can do is to hire a workers compensation lawyer to help you get the money you deserve. If you've never had to hire any attorney before, here are the answers to some questions you may have:
Aren't lawyers expensive? Hiring a general-purpose attorney can be expensive, since these lawyers typically charge hourly rates. But with a workers compensation lawyer, things are different. Most lawyers who work only workers compensation cases will only take a percentage of whatever settlement they get you. As a result, it's in their best interests to try to get you as much money as you are entitled to. If you balk at the thought of giving money to a lawyer, consider that you may not be compensated unless you hire one. Getting most of your workers compensation money is still better than getting none of it.
It's such a relatively small case, why would a lawyer want to take it? You may be due more than you realize. The only way to find out is to meet with a lawyer and discuss the aspects of your case. Only then will he or she be able to accurately assess how much you may be due and how long the process will take. Even if you think you are only due a few hundred dollars, instead of several thousand dollars, good workers compensation lawyers won't charge you anything for the initial consultation. A good attorney should also take your case, regardless of the size of your potential settlement. As a result, you have nothing to lose by going to speak with one.
What should be brought to the first meeting? If you bring only yourself to the meeting, the workers compensation lawyer you see may not be able to accurately judge the particulars of your case. He or she may wind up telling you that you don't have a case, even if you actually have a very strong one. When you go to see the attorney, bring as much supporting documentation as you have. This may include things like ambulance bills, medical reports and written comments from your coworkers. While some of this may turn out to be irrelevant to your case, it's always better to err on the side of bringing too much documentation rather than not enough.