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What Are the Most Common Tactics Employers Will Use To Get You to Settle a Worker's Compensation Claim for Less Than It Is Worth?

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If you have been injured at work, you are entitled to be compensated for that injury. Virginia law requires that your employer itself (if it is self-insured) or its workers' compensation insurer (if it has worker’s compensation insurance) must pay for all of your medical treatment related to that injury as well as to compensate you for the lost income that you suffer as a result of your injuries from a workplace incident. However, what our experienced Virginia worker’s compensation attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman often see is that employers and/or their worker’s compensation carriers will often attempt to convince a worker’s compensation claimant to settle their claim for pennies on the dollar. In the process, they often convince workers to leave thousands of dollars of benefits and compensation on the table.

Your Employer Wants to Pay as Little Money On Your Virginia Worker’s Compensation Claim as Possible

Employers are trying to pay you as little as possible when it comes to your worker’s compensation claim. Even if it is the employer’s worker’s compensation carrier that is paying the actual costs of a settlement or an award paying the actual money instead of your employer itself, the money ultimately comes out of your employer’s pockets. Even if your employer has insurance that covers the payment, your employer will eventually be charged higher premiums in the future for worker’s compensation insurance coverage if someone makes a claim. Therefore, both your employer and its insurance carrier have every incentive to try to minimize how much is paid on your workplace injury claim to save itself money. This will often show up in the employer trying to convince you to a quick payment right after the incident to resolve things “before the lawyers get involved.”

Ways to Avoid Compromising the Value of Your Virginia Worker’s Compensation Claim by Letting Your Employer or Its Insurer Take Advantage of You

It may seem easy to just take the first offer they throw at you. This is often accompanied by a statement to the effect that the best offer you will ever get is the first one that your employer or its carrier throws at you. However, this is very rarely true, particularly if you have an experienced attorney representing you. It’s best to simply take it slow and let an experienced attorney used to dealing with these situations serve as your advocate to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your workplace injury.

Contact the Experienced Virginia Worker’s Compensation Attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman

If you have suffered a workplace injury in Virginia, then worker’s compensation coverage exists to compensate you for the damages that you suffer as a result of those injuries. This is true even if your employer or its worker’s compensation carrier is pressuring you to accept a quick settlement instead of holding out for what an experienced Virginia worker’s compensation attorney can obtain for you in an award or settlement. If you have been injured in a workplace incident in Virginia, please contact Kalfus & Nachman today at (855) 880-8163 or through the form on this page to schedule a free consultation today.

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