Most workers aren’t really aware of what a workers’ compensation attorney does. They might be aware of what workers’ compensation is in general, the basic idea of it. Perhaps they know that if they get hurt on the job, there is a way to get workers’ comp for their injury. Many people know what it means in broad strokes or in a macro sense, but there’s actually more to it than that. To demystify the process, this blog will lay out a fairly detailed explanation of the process in terms of how it works. As ever, should you have further questions, don’t hesitate at all to contact us.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney & the Claims Process
You probably know the basics of workers’ comp at this point: you’re hurt at work, whether in a moment or over time. Then, you get immediate medical care. A medical professional tells you what to do and when to do it, wanting to recover (as well as ensure that you’ll get as much workers’ comp as you deserve) you do everything you can to follow that. At some point, you inform your bosses about your injury, and thus begin the workers’ comp process. During this process, the insurance company may make you an offer to settle your workers’ comp claim.
We always recommend hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer as early as possible in the process. That way, we can spend as much time as possible working on your case. The earlier we can get started with it, the better. While we can come in late and help greatly, it’s usually better for all involved if we’re there from the beginning. For one thing, we can handle all of the paperwork. Instead of you (or the people around you who care about you) worrying about how to fill out all sorts of paperwork while you’re recovering from an injury, we can take care of that for you.
Now, maybe the insurance company accepts the claim, and maybe they don’t. If they don’t accept it, we can help there quite a bit. We have a proven track record of, over the years, helping people to get the compensation they deserve for everything that they’ve had to go through even on denied claims. When you’re hurt at work, you deserve to be treated and compensated for it. You shouldn’t have to just sit and suffer without financial compensation; nor should you have to pay for your medical bills or expenses of that nature. With that in mind, our attorneys can help.
Workers’ Comp Lump Sum Settlement
One possible way of settling your workers’ comp case is by accepting a lump sum payment offered to you by the insurance company. Here’s where our experience can be quite a boon to you and your case. We’ve negotiated these sorts of cases for many years. In that time, we’ve seen the arguments that are most effective for getting injured people the compensation that they deserve for their injuries, and can put that to use for you. So, if you take this option, we’ll be fully committed towards getting you the absolute maximum amount that we can for your injury.
By that same token, even though the preceding paragraphs have used phrases like “your choice” and “should you choose,” as your attorney, we’re by your side during every step of the process. We can serve as guides, letting you know what, in our expert opinion, is the best choice. You aren’t alone in this when you bring the ODG Law Group in. We take great pride in helping folks who are going through the toughest times in their lives. Now, we can put that experience to use in your case.
The calculation then of a workers comp settlement takes a lot of factors into account. Typically, it includes the permanent disability value of your injury as well as the need for future medical care. For example, if your injury will require continued therapy, surgery, time off from work to heal post surgery, etc., then that has to be taken into account for a settlement.
Often times, we can negotiate for the reimbursement of out of pocket expenses or medical bills paid. Of course, the more pressing medical care bills have to be included in a workers’ comp settlement, too. That includes the balance of any outstanding hospital bills. That can include any treatments, travel, equipment, doctor visits and more. These are things that we can factor into your workers’ comp settlement to obtain the maximum recovery for you.
From there, once we have a fairly clear picture of what the workers’ comp settlement should be, then it’s time for us to negotiate with the insurance company. This is one more place where our experience can shine. We’ve been going against insurance companies seemingly forever. We know what they’re going to do almost before they do it. Negotiation can be a lengthy process, but when we’re with you, we’re with you for the long haul. Not that many workers’ comp cases go to trial. However, when they do, we’re ready for that, too. Our attorneys are always glad for the opportunity to represent our clients in a court of law. Whether it’s at the negotiation table or in a courtroom, we can help you get your compensation.
Once you’ve been injured at work, the workers’ compensation process can seem quite daunting. We’re here to make it easier on you. When you hire our lawyers to handle your workers’ compensation claim, you can focus on what’s most important: your health and recovery. Instead of worrying all day long about your workers’ comp case, let the pros handle it so that you can handle everything else going on in your life. For more information about our services or to set up a free consultation, call us at (818) 975-3080 or go to our site.