Out of the millions of people who are hurt at work each year, only a fraction of them will go on to win their worker’s compensation case. Unfortunately, many individuals will encounter issues along the way, as they attempt to recover compensation for their injuries. These issues can stem from their employer or employer’s legal team, the doctor or clinic assigned to their case, or from their own attorney. So, how do you improve your odds of winning a workers comp case?
Anyone who has been injured on the job, especially those who have suffered a significant impairment or disability, likely needs the assistance that a worker’s comp settlement would afford them. With so much on the line in a worker’s compensation case, it’s understandable to be anxious or concerned. However, here are some tips to keep in mind, if you want to give yourself the best chance possible at receiving the help you deserve:
There are dozens of workers comp attorneys in Southern California alone, and thousands in the region, many of which advertise rock-bottom fees and quick settlements. Don’t fall for the marketing tactics and end up with a sub-par lawyer. Take the time to do your research, meet with prospective attorneys, and get opinions on the likely outcomes of your case. Choose a law firm that makes you feel heard and respected, and who has experience with cases like yours.
In the hours, days, and weeks following a workplace injury, there are dozens of different requirements that must be met, and you have a great deal of responsibility to make sure these things are completed correctly and on time. Resist the urge to go outside of the guidelines, whether those recommendations come from your employer, your doctor, or your lawyer. Make sure you follow instructions, take care of your injury properly, and complete any paperwork you’re asked to.
Sometimes, these kinds of cases may drag out longer than you’d like, or you run into snags with things like getting time off work, or getting someone to respond to your phone calls. If your Southern California worker’s compensation case seems to be going slowly, don’t give up. Continue to get your prescribed medical care, ask for accomodations at your job, and following up with people. And remember, your attorney can help you with this as well.
Ready to give yourself a good shot at winning your worker’s compensation case? Reach out to us at Jackson & Jackson today and ask for your free consultation!