What Your Workers Compensation Lawyer Should Do For You
Work related injuries and illness happen all the time — an estimated 917,100 work-related injuries in 2013 necessitated some time off work. Indeed, many times, they are caused by simple oversights in workers’ safety, as evidenced by the fact that 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors. Employer costs for employee compensation for civilian workers averaged $33.37 per hour worked in September, 2015, and these high costs are what motivate employers to fight payment in court. That is why you — the wronged worker — need a workers compensation lawyer.
There are many things your workers compensation attorney should be doing in order to win your case, but the two most important actions are the gathering of evidence and negotiation of settlements:
Developing Medical and Vocational Evidence
Insufficient evidence is probably the most common reason that worker’s claims are denied, so the first thing your lawyer should do is gather evidence as fast as possible. Your attorney can gather medical records, recommended treatment and statements from physicians, medical opinions, and depositions from medical experts. By making your case with a lot of definitive evidence, you are more likely to get a disability rating that actually reflects the extent of your injuries and impairments.
There are other types of evidence your lawyer could gather as well, including official vocational expert testimony about your job and statements from friends, co-workers and family members about your daily activities. An experienced workers compensation lawyer should understand how to combine available evidence in order to maximize your chances of winning your case.
Negotiating Structured Settlement Agreements
Your workers compensation lawyer probably has a much better idea of your claim’s value than you do, which is why they are in charge of negotiating and structuring certain settlement agreements. Based on the extent of your injuries and resulting limitations, your disability rating, and the cost of past and future medcial treatment, your lawyer will be able to negotiate a proper and sufficient settlement agreement.
Don’t let your employer get away with allowing injuries to happen in the workplace.