Workers’ Compensation: Why hire an attorney?
When it comes to workers’ compensation, I know many clients think they can go it alone: that they’ll save money in the long run by not hiring an attorney and trying to figure the process out for themselves. While at first this might seem like a cost efficient way to go, there are a few things people don’t consider when they chose not to hire an attorney.
Say you try to go it alone and you run into a problem with your workman’s compensation. You realize that you missed a vital step along the way, or the insurance company is refusing to fully cover you. You may even realize your injury is more extensive than you had initially thought and now need additional coverage. While filing the paperwork may have been easy, going back and fixing these problems is much more difficult. It’s at this point that you would hire an attorney.
What many people don’t realize is that the fee for an attorney is the same whether we’re working your case for two years or two months. Generally the fee is about 25 percent of the settlement. This means that it makes much more sense to obtain an attorney earlier in the process.
An experienced attorney will help you avoid potential problems and navigate the pitfalls of obtaining workers’ comp benefits. This ensures a smooth process and helps ensure that you’re receiving the most benefits with the shortest wait possible. At Oxner + Permar we have extensive experience with workers’ comp cases, so we know what to look for when it comes to dealing with a workman’s comp case.
An attorney’s fee is taken from the settlement and therefore the same whether we work with you for two months or two years. Having an experienced attorney on your side can mean the difference between a headache of a case and a smooth, easy process.