The Bottom Line: An Attorney Will Help You Obtain a Better Workers’ Compensation Settlement
While you may hope that your workers’ compensation claim will go smoothly, chances are you will have disputes with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer or questions about whether you are receiving the benefits you deserve. That’s where an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help. The reality is that in most cases an attorney can obtain a better settlement than you could on your own.
Why You Need an Attorney in Your Workers’ Comp Case
Even if you have a “simple” case where the insurance company agrees to pay you benefits, it would be a good idea to take advantage of most workers’ compensation attorneys’ offer of a free consultation to be certain you are not waiving any important rights. Here is why you will want to hire an attorney in most cases:
- Understands the law. You must follow Idaho’s workers’ compensation law and procedures in filing your claim. An attorney will know the important deadlines you must meet, the paperwork that needs to be filed, and the evidence you will need to build your case.
- Can value your claim. If you are offered a settlement, you do not have the experience to know whether it is fair or not. An attorney who has handled many workers’ compensation cases will understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case and how much you can realistically expect to receive in settlement.
- Can fight a denial of your claim. Often insurance companies will deny legitimate claims in the hopes that the injured party will not appeal the decision. This is especially true if your injuries are severe, which makes your claim more costly. If your claim was denied, an attorney can help you fight to obtain the benefits you could be entitled to.
- Can handle permanent injury issues. You may have suffered injuries that prevent you from returning to your former job or any job at all. If you are entitled to long term or lifetime weekly benefits, the insurance company will most likely fight your claim aggressively due to its cost. An attorney is essential in these cases.
- Can deal with social security payments. If you are also entitled to social security disability payments, an attorney can structure your workers’ compensation settlement so that you—and not the Social Security Administration—receive all of your payments.
- Can fight preexisting injury arguments. Insurance companies commonly deny claims if you had a preexisting injury to the body part hurt in your workplace accident. An attorney can help you fight these arguments with the use of medical expert reports and other evidence.
- Can help you obtain medical care. You want to receive the medical care you need for your injury. An attorney can deal with issues regarding what medical care you are entitled to under Idaho’s workers’ compensation laws.
Do you need to file for workers’ compensation benefits? Review my testimonials and then call me at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free consultation where I’ll be happy to answer your questions and explain the benefits you could be entitled to.