Have you received an injury while at work? Is your employer trying to claim that they aren't responsible for your resulting medical bills and inability to work? Being injured at work is something that no one wants to have happen to them. Unfortunately, it is something that still happens from time to time. Even more unfortunately, it's not uncommon for employers to try to get out of paying for an employee's injuries. In order to get the compensation that you deserve, you may need to engage the services of an experienced lawyer. Some reasons why you should consider this course of action include the following:
No money up front: Although some types of lawyers require a deposit, known as a retainer, up front before they'll begin working for you, a work injury lawyer does not expect any pre-payment. Although the lawyer won't actually work for free, they'll take a percentage of your settlement instead of expecting you to pay out of your own pocket. The exact percentage will vary depending on the lawyer that you hire, so you should always ask for a list of potential fees before you agree to hire any lawyer.
Disability payments: If your injuries were serious enough, you may qualify for social security payments from the government. Although you may not think that your injury was serious enough for this, your work injury lawyer can help you determine if your injuries do indeed allow you to qualify for temporary or permanent disability payments. If you do qualify, he or she may also help you fill out the paperwork necessary to enable you to get the benefits that you're owed. This can be especially important since applying for disability payments can be difficult without the assistance of a qualified professional who has handled similar cases in the past.
More reasonable settlement: When you're injured at work, it's not always easy to tell the full extent of your injuries and how they will impact your daily life. An experienced work injury lawyer will be able to compare your case to past cases that he or she has handled in order to give you a fairer idea of how much money you should be receiving as part of your settlement. If you will be unable to work for months or years, and will likely also have to take a significant pay cut if and when you ever return to work, these things should be figured into the final settlement that you accept.
To learn more, talk to professionals like Gerald Lutkenhaus.