Benefits of Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have been injured at work, you may be in the midst of a battle to get workers’ compensation insurance to pay your medical and other bills. Consider the benefits of hiring a local lawyer, such as an Iowa workers compensation lawyer, to handle your claim.
A valuable benefit of hiring a workers’ compensation attorney is your case evaluation. These attorneys will look over your case, including all the evidence and medical records, and give you an honest evaluation, including whether or not you are likely to win your case. This review can significantly reduce your legal fees for cases without enough evidence or increase your payout on cases with sufficient evidence. In addition, an attorney can guide you and tell you what evidence you should gather to strengthen your case.
No Up-Front Expenses
Workers’ compensation attorneys take a portion (30-50%) of your settlement. Therefore, they don’t typically charge you any up-front fees. If you lose your case, you will not have to pay the attorneys for their time, but they may require that you pay any court filing and other legal fees.
Restore Denied Claims
Workers’ compensation insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Therefore, most claims are denied outright. However, you can appeal your case. A good attorney will structure your case and gather the evidence necessary to prove it so you are able to get the help you need. These lawyers may also direct you to the right doctors so you can get the treatment and medical evidence you need.
Improved Negotiation and Settlement
Lawyers negotiate. They understand what insurance companies are saying when they say “this offer is final.” They also know when the company is bluffing or when your case is worth more money. They understand what a judge would award you and can negotiate a settlement based on this figure.
In addition, a lawyer can ensure that the settlement documents are worded properly and don’t have any misleading or otherwise restrictive clauses, including clauses that affect your SSID payments.
If you want to strengthen your workers’ compensation case and chances of a larger settlement, consider working with an attorney.