Injured workers who hire attorneys to handle their workers’ comp claims are more likely to to stay on temporary disability longer, according to a newly released white paper by CLARA Analytics, an artificial intelligence and data science company that specializes in machine learning products to improve injured worker outcomes and drive down unnecessary claims costs. The Impact of Attorney Involvement on Injured Workers discusses how litigation impacts costs, disability duration, and the length of time a claim will remain open.
Virginia is the state with the highest average total claim paid, which was an average of $28,761 for claims without attorney involvement and $140,374 for claims with attorney involvement. This is in contrast to Montana, which for claims with attorney involvement the average claim was $26,198.
Unfortunately, the research indicates that only 15% of Worker’s Comp cases are represented by an attorney. However, the time a case remains open is usually longer when an attorney is involved. The research states that mean claim duration overall was 471 days and 305 days among claims without attorney involvement and 901 days among claims with attorney involvement.
When you’re on-the-job, you have the right to be protected by your employer from work-related injury or illness. In the state of Virginia, there are specific workers' compensation laws put in place to provide protection. These laws give you options when you suffer injuries on the job so you can be financially covered for any damages to your person or your income.
Have you been injured on the job or contracted an illness due to an unhealthy work environment? If so, then the Norfolk workers’ compensation attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman PC can help you file your lawsuit. There are several laws that can effect on the outcome of your case, so it’s extremely important to have a workers' comp lawyer on your side to assist you through the entire process. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.