A workers compensation claim can make for a messy situation. An insurance company may doubt your story or try to pay you less. You may have been on the clock but off the premises of the work place when you got injured. There may be discrepancies about the nature of the accident that caused your injury, or if your illness actually came from work.
Any of these issues may warrant hiring a lawyer to help you with the insurance company or represent you when dealing with the settlement agreement. Here are three general concerns surrounding lawyers and why you shouldn’t worry about them.
It’s no surprise that lawyers can cost quite a bit for representation. This causes many people to avoid hiring one at all for fear they can’t afford one. However, a lawyer doesn’t actually get paid from the beginning. They only receive payment once you do, and it’s an amount that’s agreed upon beforehand called a contingency fee.
There’s no doubt that getting the wrong lawyer can have major repercussions on your case. A lawyer fresh out of law school might cost less, but they won’t have the experience to get you what you need. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of lawyers to choose from. You can start by googling a lawyer (for example, “Iowa workers compensation attorney” or wherever is near you) and interviewing potential candidates to get a feel for their work.
Handling an insurance company in workers compensation cases can be a big burden. Your lawyer will be the one to work with them. If you need to speak to them, a lawyer can guide you on what to say so that you don’t make any errors that could set your claim back.
If you’re ever uncertain about a workers comp claim, talk to a lawyer. Even making a first-time consultation can help you get a handle on your case.