Now that you’ve decided to file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits, you’ve hit a roadblock. You have been injured badly enough that you can’t show up to court dates in person. You have been put on bedrest essentially and cannot file the paperwork in person. Because of that, you’re afraid that you’ll miss deadlines.
You want the benefits you can get through workers’ compensation and you know you need help getting those benefits. There are several things a workers’ compensation lawyer can do for you that you wouldn’t be able to do alone. Let’s take a look at what the lawyer can do for you so you can get the process started properly.
1. Disputing the Claim.
The fact is, most insurance companies will dispute the claim to save money on their end. It doesn’t really matter what caused the injury or how bad it is. It’s routine and lawyers will know how to deal with disputing the dispute. The lawyer can challenge that dispute in court and get you the benefits you deserve.
2. Dealing with your employer.
At the end of the day, you can’t truly count on your employer or insurance company doing the right thing. They will be looking out for their own best interests and may not think about the consequences for you in doing so. Because of this, you need a good lawyer to battle for your rights in court. There are some things you just cannot do yourself and this may turn out to be one of them in the long run.
3. Challenge “bad” medical opinions in court.
Oftentimes, the insurance carrier will send you to an appointment called an independent medical examination. These doctors are not often a third-party because they a’re selected by the insurance company. If you don’t go to this appointment, you may lose out on the benefits you have filed a claim for.
The insurance company will use this doctor repeatedly, who may even be paid to tell the court that you can return to work when that is not the case. Experienced workers’ compensation lawyers will be able to fight this claim by the doctor.
4. Help you get a larger settlement.
Don’t ever settle the workers’ compensation case without the use of an experienced lawyer. If you do, you will be missing out on a much larger settlement in the long run. Insurance companies will always take advantage of people who are not represented by a lawyer. Because the company is under the assumption that you are in financial trouble, they will give you a smaller settlement.
This is to an advantage for them and a total disadvantage for you. The lawyer you hire will be able to advise you on the true value of your case. The larger settlement you receive will offset the fees from your lawyer’s office.
5. Protecting your legal rights.
Those who settle their case in court without the use of a lawyer do so without realizing the consequences of their actions. When you settle your workers’ compensation case, you are giving up legal rights on a substantial level.
You could also be giving up your rights for filing for other disability benefits. The attorney you hire can show you how to use your benefits properly so you don’t lose out on any other disability benefits in the future if you decide to go that route.
Greenville, NC Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
I’m Brian Ricci, a workers’ compensation lawyer in Greenville, NC. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury at work, please call me at please call me at (252) 777-2222 or 800-387-6406 for free, friendly advice.
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