Do I need a workers’ compensation lawyer?

by Karl Voigt, Esquire

Maybe not!

We often tell clients who walk in the door for the first time that they don’t need to hire an attorney. Which can be a surprise coming from an attorney.

But it doesn’t mean we don’t want to be their lawyers. It means we don’t have to start the adversarial process of litigation for them. We do tell them they will likely wind up in court and we will be there for them.

It may be wise to have an attorney on hand early on in your case.

The bottom line is this: insurance companies are in business. In business to make money. Most have an obligation to their stockholders to turn a profit. The bigger the profit, the better. In order to make more money, they have to pay out less money. A fast and low settlement is their goal. As a result, many workers’ compensation claimants take the first low offer they get from their insurance company, sometimes before they even know the full extent of their injuries.

To reach their goals, insurance companies hire attorneys to work on their side. Consider having one on yours.

Our goal is to make sure your case is positioned well for the best possible outcome. Being on hand early on is one way to do that. For instance, our office may point you early on the apply for benefits other than workers’ compensation, or may point you to reeducation resources that you might not know about. The sooner an attorney is involved, the better chance of a better outcome.

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