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Workers' CompensationWhat Happens at a Workers’ Compensation Hearing in Nebraska?

August 27, 2020

Workers’ compensation claims are often difficult to win, especially without a lawyer representing your case. Many claims are denied. The good news is, you have a right to have your case heard by a judge in Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court. This blog will provide an overview of the litigation process. And remember, an attorney is more likely to not only navigate the legal procedure, but also convince the judge at the hearing that you’re entitled to work comp benefits than if you choose to go it alone. 

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Attorney 

The Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney 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. Do not 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 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. You also can message us via live chat on our home page. 

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

What to Expect At Your Workers’ Compensation Hearing 

Your workers’ compensation hearing is a chance for you and your attorney to present your case to a judge. An attorney for your employer’s insurance company will be there too, and will argue against your right to benefits. This is another reason why hiring an experienced attorney is critical to your success. Keep in mind, your employer might be there as well. 

Your attorney will present evidence in favor of your work comp claim, including medical records detailing the nature and severity of your injury, unpaid medical bills, expert witness statements, employment records, lost wages reports, and more. 

Be prepared to testify under oath. Describe in detail how you were injured; your symptoms, and how it’s affected your life and career ever since. Again, in Nebraska, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even if the accident was your fault. Your attorney, the insurance company’s attorney, and the judge may all ask you questions. Stay calm and look to your attorney for guidance. You and your lawyer will prepare ahead of time, so that will likely help ease your nerves. 

Your lawyer and the opposing counsel might call witnesses to the stand. Witnesses can include colleagues who were there when the injury occurred. Often, experts will also testify, although doctors usually provide evidence prior to the hearing date. Both your attorney and the insurance company’s lawyer will have the chance to question each witness who testifies. 

The hearing will wrap up with your lawyer summarizing all of the compelling reasons you deserve workers’ compensation benefits. The judge will weigh both sides and give his or her decision at a later date. If the judge rules in your favor, you will start receiving compensation benefits. If not, under certain circumstances, you and your lawyer can appeal the court’s decision. 

The work comp claim process is challenging in most injury cases — even more so in serious injury cases. An experienced, result-driven, and compassionate workers’ compensation lawyer is key to winning your claim and securing the benefits you need to recover, provide for your family, and move on with your life. 

About Watson & Carroll 

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 contact@watsoncarroll.com

You also can fill out our confidential form here to share your story. Let’s get started today!

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