Were you recently injured at work? Are you having a hard time getting compensated for your injuries? No employer wants to pay money out unnecessarily, meaning that they will do everything in their power to avoid having to pay out on a workers compensation claim. In order to actually get what you deserve, you will likely need some professional assistance in the form of an attorney. But before you hire the first attorney that you find, it's a good idea to ask some questions to make sure that this attorney is the right one for you and your case. Some questions that you may want to ask include:
What are your fees? A workers compensation attorney will typically take a percentage of your settlement rather than working on an hourly-based fee system. This percentage may vary slightly, depending on where you live and which attorney that you're talking to. You may also be expected to pay more for something like a private investigator to dig up useful evidence. Although fee structures can be quite similar, you should never assume that they are going to be exactly the same when talking to two different attorneys.
How long will this take? Each case is going to be different and nobody is going to be able to completely predict the outcome, including how long everything will take. That said, an experienced workers compensation attorney will be able to give you a reasonable estimate based on his or her past experiences. The more evidence you have for your claim, the faster your case is likely to get settled. If you haven't got much evidence on your side, compensation may be a much more lengthy process. An experienced attorney will be able to take all of the various factors into consideration to give you an expected timeline of events.
What kind of settlement can be expected? Many people go to a workers compensation attorney with unrealistic expectations as to how much money they are owed. Your estimates may be too high or they may even be too low. Based on his or her experience in the field and information from your medical reports, your attorney will be able to give you a reasonable estimate in regards to how much money you ought to be getting and whether or not it's likely that you'll actually get what you deserve. In some compensation cases, your attorney may advise you to take a slightly lower amount than you deserve because fighting for that extra couple thousand dollars isn't going to be worth your time and energy.
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