When it comes to hiring an attorney, whether for workers’ compensation cases or any other legal matter, people tend to focus on the fees they would have to pay. Sometimes, they decide to represent themselves. In some other areas of aw, it may be possible to represent yourself and get a favorable decision at the end of the case, but the complexities of workers’ compensation law in Arizona make it a very foolhardy thing to try. Failing to hire a lawyer for your case will likely be something you regret later on.
Firstly, when it comes to the amounts that plaintiffs get as settlement, those with lawyers have consistently gotten much more than those without. The insurance claims adjusters often try to talk workers into signing settlement papers without consulting a lawyer. They say things like: “Why give your attorney 20% of what I am already willing to give you..?” Year after year, the figures released by the ICA show that those workers who hire lawyers get on average, twice what those who do not are given.
Apart from the settlement amounts, there is usually a significant difference in the amounts received as ongoing benefits by both groups. This is not surprising, seeing as some of the benefits injured or sick workers are entitled to are subject to negotiation and agreement by both sides. When an experienced work compensation lawyer is involved, he will be better able to ensure that the negotiations go in your favor by using his experience of the tactics employed by the insurance carriers.
When it comes to medical care, having a lawyer can really be a game changer. With the help of an attorney, you can be sure of getting all the medical treatment you need to get back on your feet and ready to work, or to heal as much as possible, if the injury was an irreversible one. Many workers without attorneys do not get the medical attention that they deserve.
Relying on your employer and the insurance carrier to handle your case and give you what is due to you amounts to being naïve. They; especially the insurance carrier, have an incentive to pay you as little as possible, and they have lawyers and other experts on their side advising them on how to do just that.
You can get in touch with highly-qualified lawyers with many years of experience in workers’ compensation law and have an initial consultation session with them completely free of charge. After hearing what your options are and their advice on how best to go about getting the benefits you deserve, you will see very clearly that the costs of working with them is much less than what you stand to lose if you don’t.
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