If you were injured while working on the job and are considering hiring an attorney, here are five reasons why you should hire a lawyer to represent you:
1. They can get in contact with the adjuster
If you have ever tried to get ahold of your adjuster when you needed something or had a question about your case, you know that they will rarely ever pick up when you call. It is even a rare occurrence to receive a call back once you leave him/her a message.
Unfortunately, your case is among hundreds of case files that they handle, and when you are not represented by a lawyer, you pose no threat to them. So why should they bother to get back to you? When you hire the attorney at our firm, we file a petition for benefits that covers the things that you need, which an adjuster must respond. Otherwise, they will face penalties and fees.
Also, our firm can compel the most stubborn adjuster to appear before us and make them answer our questions by setting their deposition and making them testify under oath.
2. Help you make the right medical decisions
Most doctors the workers’ compensation insurance companies send you to are never on your side and do their best to please the insurance companies by putting you back to work as quickly as possible.
When our firm represents clients, oftentimes we will have you change doctors to ensure you get someone who can address your medical needs better. Sometimes, we will even send you to a doctor we recommend, getting a third opinion.
3. Ensure you get paid the right amount of money
When workers’ compensation pays you, they pay you two-thirds of what you used to make before the accident. But sometimes, the adjuster does not calculate your wages correctly and makes an error. This could be because you have a second job they did not know about, or perhaps they did not consider your bonuses or commissions you would get paid.
Our firm makes sure that our clients get paid the right amount of money they are entitled to, which is based on an accurate reflection of their pre-injury earnings.
4. Assist you with settling your case
At some point near the end of your treatment (or soon after the doctor releases you), you might be given the opportunity to settle your case for a lump sum of money ending your right to future medical care. But how much do you know to ask for?
Having practiced for almost thirty years, our firm knows how much your case is worth because we have helped resolve similar cases. When it comes to settling your case, we look at what future medical care you need (sometimes even conferencing with your doctor) and figure out how much your treatment will be worth over course of your lifetime.
We then negotiate with the adjuster or their attorney to get the best compensation possible for your settlement. For one particularly injured client, requiring a lifetime of medication and treatment, we were able to help her get compensated $1.85 million.
5. Represent you before the judge
There will be times when what you want from workers’ compensation will be impossible to get without being ordered to provide details from the Judge of Compensation Claims. Sometimes cases are denied in their entirety, and the judge refuses to pay any benefits altogether.
You need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who is not afraid to try your case before the judge and get the benefits you need. Recently, we had a client who fell off a roof and the general contractor refused to admit he was their employee. We went to a hearing on this case, and the judge found they were responsible for treating his injuries.
We Offer Comprehensive Legal Services for Work-Related Injuries Across Florida
At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, we have represented injured workers with their cases for almost 30 years. We have two locations, one in North Miami Beach, FL and one in Coral Springs, FL, and our staff speak both Creole and Spanish to better serve our clients.
We can help you get through this difficult time with ease. Contact us about your case by reaching out online or calling our office at 305-770-2131.