If you've suffered a work-related injury or illness, you may be wondering should I hire a workers' compensation attorney or deal on your own. At Kalfus & Nachman, our seasoned work comp lawyers understand how overwhelming filing a workers' compensation claim in Virginia is. Our experts will ensure your employer and its insurance company fairly handle your case, and you get the maximum compensation possible.
How can I know if I need a workers' comp lawyer?
A lawyer can undoubtedly help you present your claim in the best possible light and increase your chances of successful settlement. However, there are various factors to consider when deciding whether or not to hire a workers' compensation attorney. If any of the below-mentioned factors apply to your situation, we strongly advise you to contact an attorney immediately.
- Your condition or injuries are severe.
- Your claim gets denied.
- You have treatment denied.
- You are unable to return to work.
- Excess Medical Bills.
- You have a pre-existing medical condition.
- Received a Re-evaluation Request.
You may believe that workers' compensation covers all workplace injuries if you have suffered injuries at work. However, that's not always the case. Often, a work-related injury will not qualify for workers' compensation because of the specific laws that govern the eligibility. Watch this informative video by Kalfus & Nachman's skilled work comp attorney Brian Slaughter and learn more - Not All Injuries Suffered On The Clock Are Covered By Workers' Compensation?
Top Ways Workers' Compensation Attorneys Help
A knowledgeable work comp attorney will ensure that your case has all the essential documents and a solid strategy to collect the maximum compensation and other benefits to which you are entitled. Here are some of the top ways a workers' compensation lawyer can help you:
- Determining eligibility and checking all legal requirements in your state To file a successful claim for benefits, you must meet eligibility criteria and your state's legal requirements. Although workers' compensation covers most injuries, there are always exceptions. That's why having an established workers' compensation attorney on your side can help you determine your eligibility and check to see if there are any other conditions you must meet to collect benefits.
- Assistance with related paperwork: The workers' compensation claim process is lengthy and has many crucial deadlines. The state Workers' Compensation may deny claims due to paperwork errors, whereas a skilled lawyer is well versed with state laws and can help you with all necessary paperwork.
- Determine a rightful compensation: Lawyers assist employees in determining how much compensation they should receive based on their injury or illness. They consider medical bills, rehabilitation costs, time away from work, and the type of disability the employee has suffered. After thoroughly examining the specifics, they will ensure that an employee receives proper benefits.
- Help in receiving the best possible treatment: An injured worker can seek treatment from a licensed physician posted under the panel of authorized physicians to treat for an employer. However, they are rarely capable of diagnosing and treating seriously injured workers. A workers' compensation attorney can help you avoid these clinics and get your treatment done by a specialist instead.
- Get you the maximum benefits: The compensation a worker will receive is determined by his average weekly income. Without a workers' compensation attorney, the insurer would try to reduce the interest rate and minimize the benefits as much as possible. The lawyer would assist the employees in maximizing their insurance benefits.
- Communicate with the insurance company: Just because you are eligible and have filed a claim does not mean you will automatically receive benefits. Throughout the process of making a claim, you will be dealing with your employer's insurance carrier, which is not always pleasant. A workers' compensation attorney can communicate with the insurance company on your behalf and help you navigate the challenges and obstacles that they may throw your way.
- Negotiate a fair settlement: If you are concerned that your employer's insurance company will terminate your benefits too soon, a workers' compensation lawyer can negotiate a lump-sum payment for you from the insurance company. However, you will need a trial-ready, reputable, and experienced attorney to deal with such situations.
- Represent you if a trial is needed: - There will be times when getting what you want from workers' compensation will be impossible without being ordered by the Jury. Some cases may get denied, and the insurance company may refuse to pay any benefits. In such cases, you may require the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney who is not afraid to take your case to court to obtain your entitled compensation.
This benefits list is not exhaustive. After filing the initial claim, many other complicated scenarios may occur. Thus, a workers' compensation attorney is essential for filing a claim, dealing with any fallout, or navigating your case's complexities.
Choose Top Workers' Compensation Attorneys in Virginia
Top workers' compensation attorneys in Virginia at Kalfus & Nachman have successfully helped thousands of injured workers navigate the complex Virginia workers' compensation law. If you have suffered injury or illness in the workplace, our experts will ensure that you are financially safeguarded while you primarily focus on your health and recovery.
We work on a contingency fee that allows us not to charge anything to the injured worker unless we get a settlement. Call us for a free consultation today at 855-880-8163.