It’s natural to trust your employer. Most workers want to be a team player. But if you’ve been hurt on the job and an insurance company takes over your case, your employer often has little say in what happens to you. That is why it is crucial to put yourself first. You must advocate for yourself, your health, and your finances. Hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer is the best way to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the benefits you’re entitled to under Nebraska law.
This blog will cover 5 reasons to hire a work comp attorney – instead of trying to DIY – Do It Yourself.
Work Injury Lawyer | Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
The Nebraska workers’ compensation lawyer at Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O helps injured workers successfully file and secure work comp benefits. If you were hurt on the job, even if it was your fault the accident occurred, don’t accept what your employer and the insurance company tells you, or take the first settlement offer you receive. Our Nebraska work comp attorney can ensure your voice is heard and that your rights are protected so that ultimately, your claim is successful. To share your story and start getting the benefits you deserve, call 402-234-8787 or fill out our confidential contact form.
Typically, workers’ compensation in Nebraska covers:
- Medical treatment, which includes doctor or hospital visits, diagnostic testing, surgery, medication, medical devices and prosthetics, therapies, and other costs incurred.
- Lost wages and compensation for permanent injuries.
- Death benefits, which include some funeral expenses and a percentage of weekly compensation to surviving dependents.
5 Reasons to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
1. Your Attorney Knows and Understands the Law. Workers’ compensation law is complicated. What’s more, your employer’s insurance company can delay or deny your claim while ignoring the law or pay you less benefits than you are entitled because you don’t know what you should receive. Your work comp lawyer has the knowledge necessary to properly fight for you, to ensure your claim is fairly and justly resolved, to win your case – and to get you more compensation for your injuries than you might get on your own. More importantly, from the very start of your relationship, your attorney has your rights, interests, and your concerns in mind. The insurance company’s only interests are saving money and pleasing its shareholders.
2. Your Attorney Can Prevent Retaliation by Your Employer. If your boss and the insurance company know you have a lawyer on your side advocating for you, they are less likely to retaliate. Think of it as an insurance policy that will protect you from bad behavior and ensure you are treated with respect throughout the worker’s compensation claim process. That way, you can live without fear and instead focus on healing.
3. Your Attorney Will Cost Nothing Upfront. Most work comp attorneys take cases on contingent fee arrangements. That means they get paid only when you do, and no retainer or upfront fees are required to file your claim. Workers’ compensation lawyers receive a portion of your benefits if they secure money for you. If not, you don’t owe your attorney any money for their time. And remember, it’s best to hire an attorney as soon as possible after your injury occurs. If you wait and try to hire an attorney after you feel overwhelmed or are denied, you may have already made mistakes that can’t be undone by any attorney.
4. Your Attorney Will Work to Secure a Fair Settlement. Most insurers will lowball you and say it’s the best they can do. Remember, they are trying to save the money that should be paid to you so they can give it to their shareholders. Getting the most money possible in a settlement is more than just being a good negotiator. Knowledge, experience, and leverage are also required to get the most compensation out of an insurance company. If you try to negotiate on your own, you have no leverage. What can you say or do if the insurance company tells you “no” or, “this is all we’re going to give you?” Insurance companies know you lack leverage when you lack an attorney so they can use any shady tactics necessary to intimidate you into accepting an offer that is lower than you deserve. Your attorney, however, will stand up to the insurance company, turn down a too-low settlement offer, and take your case to trial if necessary to ensure the best compensation for you and your family. Your attorney is your leverage!
5. Your Attorney Can Protect Your Future Needs. Even if you are able to return to work, you may have ongoing medical needs related to your injury. Your attorney can push for the insurance company to cover your past, present, and future medical bills to protect you and your family’s financial security down the road. A 2019 study found that 66.5% of all bankruptcies were tied to medical issues and medical bills. It’s far better to hire an attorney for your workers’ compensation case who works to obtain benefits for you rather than hire an attorney for your bankruptcy case who is trying to keep your possessions. When it comes to the law, there is a big difference being on the offense versus the defense.
Free Workers’ Compensation Ebook: “Hurt on the Job?”
If you’ve been hurt at work, you likely have questions. Our free ebook, “Hurt on the Job?” was written by our skilled Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney. It can help answer your questions, ease your mind, and help you make a decision to file a claim or hire an attorney. Download your free ebook here.
Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case to review, a personal injury claim, or fighting for your disability benefits, we fight to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld.
Our firm can help you, especially during this critical, uncertain time. Call 402-234-8787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You also can fill out our confidential form here to share your story. Let’s get started today!