It should come as no surprise that we are strong advocates of individuals seeking out a workers’ compensation lawyer to help handle their injury case. When it comes to compensation, you want to ensure that you maximize your claim, and the best way to do that is with a lawyer.
That being said, a lot of people begin the process of filing for workers’ compensation only to realize they need to hire a lawyer at a later date. It happens far too often, and while we’re always happy to help, we wish they would have called sooner for a number of reasons. Below, we explain why it’s in your best interest to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer at the beginning of your case.
Why You Should Hire An Injury Lawyer Right Away
Here are just a few reasons why your first call after a work injury should be to a workers’ compensation lawyer.
You Get The Full Value – Workers’ compensation lawyers get a small percentage of the claim award you win, no matter when they take on your case. Whether your hire them at the outset or when a judge orders a case to trial, they are going to get the same percentage, so you might as well get the full value of their abilities from the beginning.
They Handle All The Paperwork – Along a similar line, if you hire a workers’ compensation lawyer at the beginning of the case, they’ll be able to ensure you file all the paperwork and meet all the deadlines. You may think that you can handle everything on your own, but you’ll quickly learn that it’s a complicated process, and one missed deadline can tank your case. Hire a professional at the outset, and you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that all the paperwork will be filled out correctly, completely and on time.
Allows You To Focus On Your Health – There are a lot of different things you need to do soon after a work injury to get the ball rolling on a compensation claim, and that can be tough to do if you’re in the hospital or recovering from significant injuries. If you hire a workers’ compensation lawyer right away, you will know that they are handling all of the aspects of your claim while you can focus solely on your health.
Maximize Your Claim – Now, it’s certainly possible that you file an injury claim and settle the case on your own, but paying for a lawyer can oftentimes pay for itself many times over. Let’s say you go it alone and settle your case for $10,000. Now, if you hired an attorney, they may be able to fight back against the insurance company’s offer and make a case that you are entitled to $20,000. Even after paying 20 percent to your work comp lawyer, you’d still be walking away with $16,000 if you hired a lawyer, and again, they would be the ones handling all the paperwork.
Hard To Fix Problems Later On – If you’re well into your work comp case, it can be difficult to fix some of the problems that have already come and passed. For example, if you went to an insurance-company selected doctor or were given a poor disability rating and didn’t dispute it, it’s going to be tough to have a lawyer come in and get you the best compensation possible. Don’t let the insurance company feed on your inexperience until you realize you need a lawyer, get one right away and know that your interests are being protected.
No matter where you are in your workers’ compensation case, if you need professional help and want to maximize your compensation award, reach out to Dean Margolis and his team at Margolis Law Office at (952) 230-2700.