Michigan workers compensation lawyer explains the value of your case and how to get a great work comp settlement
I’m frequently asked by new clients about the value of their workers comp case. The truth is, no workers compensation lawyer can assign a value to your case without knowing several important factors.
Be cautious of any workers compensation lawyer who promises a specific sum of money.
Each workers comp case is different and must be evaluated on its own merits. This cannot be done without reviewing medical records and having a face-to-face meeting. A good lawyer will also tell you when settlement is not the right option for you.
The important factors that go into evaluating a workers comp case
An experienced workers comp lawyer will want to know your age, the extent of your injury, the chances for recovery, and the cost of future medical care. Other important factors include how much you earned at your job and your past work history.
An experienced workers comp lawyer should also be familiar with the insurance company, claims adjuster, third-party administrator, independent medical examiner, and defense attorney. Having a good relationship with these individuals can make all the difference in the value of your case.
Sometimes it takes the threat of a tough workers comp attorney to get fair value on your case.
Benefits of settling your Michigan workers comp case
Settlements are income tax free and allow you to do your own medical treatment or vocational rehabilitation without having to subject yourself to the demands of your employer or its insurance company.
Even if you are currently receiving weekly wage loss benefits, it may be in your best interest to settle your claim. This is especially true if your doctor is going to release you to work and you do not wish to return to your job. You could get a lump sum payment for future wage loss and then return to work for another employer.
Settlement of your workers comp claim may also increase other monthly benefits such as Social Security Disability because of offsets.
How to get a great workers comp settlement
The best way to maximize the value of your workers comp case is through hard work and preparation from your workers compensation lawyer. Every case must be approached like it’s going to trial. This means the lawyer must take depositions of doctors and vocational experts. Witnesses will also have to be prepared.
The law makes it nearly impossible for you to represent yourself because the deck is stacked against you. Insurance companies have spent big money making it difficult for you to prove your workers comp case. You must present proofs in accordance with the law.
You cannot just tell the magistrate about your injury and expect to win your workers comp case. Even if the facts are on your side, you can still lose if your case is not properly presented.
Get the advice that you need - because it costs you nothing
An experienced workers comp lawyer will not charge you a fee to evaluate your case. Sometimes employers or insurance companies will make a small offer because they are betting that you are in financial trouble and need the money.
Don’t accept any settlement offer without talking to an experienced workers comp lawyer. You will always get a larger settlement with an experienced workers comp lawyer on your side.
Call (855) 221-COMP for a free consultation today. We will fight to make sure that you get the best workers comp settlement possible.
- Alex Berman is the founder of the law firm. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 30 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers compensation benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate your case.