Should I hire an attorney for my Workers’ Compensation claim?
Some injured workers decide to go it alone on their Workers’ Compensation claim for various reasons. Some do so because they are worried about paying an attorney or owing money in the end. Workers with this mindset do not realize that their attorney gets paid out of what it recovered for the worker. This payment is capped at a low 20% fee plus expenses. This payment method gives the attorney every incentive to get the worker as much money as possible.
Some injured workers may think they will come out with more money in the end if they avoid hiring an attorney. This is an especially risky bet to make if the case is in front of a judge. In Admir Hadzic Employer v. Averitt Express, the injured employee sought his temporary pay, known as Temporary Total Disability, from his employer. He filed a Request for An Expedited Hearing in front of the judge. He was not represented by an attorney. The injured employee failed to file his affidavit with the request. His claim was ultimately dismissed on this technicality. This is just one example of the many nuances that most injured workers will not know about.
It is important for injured workers to hire an attorney early in their claim. Some problems are very difficult to fix on the back end. Injured workers often pick a workers’ compensation doctor that they later regret. The injured worker will not know as much about the tendencies of the physicians as a lawyer that takes a lot of workers’ compensation cases. However, once that worker picks a doctor without legal advice, it is very hard to undo the mistake.
In order to avoid making mistakes in the claim, injured workers should hire an attorney as soon as possible for their workers’ compensation claim. Put The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto to work for you today. Give us a call at 865-691-2777 or contact us through our website at WWW.BROWNANDROBERTO.COM to set up a free consultation.