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Workers Compensation Hearings  

Workers’ compensation claims involve three separate processes: filing a claim, receiving accommodations during recovery if necessary, and finally, the hearing before the judge who decides on your case. While filing a claim is easy enough, accommodations during recovery will likely require some input from medical or vocational professionals; hiring an attorney at this point can help make sure that your accommodations are what you need. And finally, the judge’s decision can be an intimidating process if you do not know what to expect.

Workers compensation hearings are a way for employees to dispute a denial of benefits or appeal a decision made by the workers’ compensation board. The hearings are typically held in front of an administrative law judge, and they can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

There are many cases where workers have been unable to work for months or even years, and all the while, they seek out financial assistance from their employers through a worker’s compensation claim. However, there are times when companies may fight back against the claims made by the employees and they will not pay what is due or they believe the injury did not occur in the workplace. Because of this, a workers’ compensation hearing might be necessary to gather information and figure out if everything was done correctly after a workplace accident.

Call us at (805) 243-2179, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. You are never charged a fee unless we obtain compensation for you. Contact our Santa Barbara worker’s compensation lawyers for more legal help.


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What Can You Expect at a Workers’ Compensation Hearing? 

First and foremost, it is important to remember that these hearings are not criminal trials. The purpose is to determine whether or not you are entitled to benefits under the workers’ compensation system. Your lawyer will present evidence on your behalf and argue your case before a panel of judges. You should be prepared to answer any questions that they may have about your injury. A judge makes a final decision about whether or not more money should be paid out to the employee.

At GG&F, we understand that these types of situations may create tension and anxiety for you and your family. That is why we offer a supportive approach to all of our clients. We make sure that each client feels comfortable and confident speaking with us about their case. Whether it’s your first time going through the process or you’ve already had a few hearings under your belt, we are here to help guide you through this difficult time.

Why Should I Contact a Workers Compensation Attorney?

Legal representation during the hearing can ensure that you are prepared to provide all necessary documentation and information regarding your case. Your attorney will act as a legal counsel to advise you on how to proceed to maximize the outcome of your case. However, they will also act as a surrogate for you when it comes time for the hearing. This means that your attorney will present your information before the judge instead of you. The main reason you would want this is that it ensures there is no miscommunication or misinterpretation when relaying your story to the judge.

In addition, an attorney will conduct a detailed investigation into your case. This includes talking with witnesses or anyone else involved to determine if any additional information needs to be brought up during the hearing. An attorney can also help you determine whether someone else should attend the hearing to provide additional evidence on your behalf. With our experience and expertise, we can even guide you through what type of questions need to be asked by either side to successfully argue for a fair decision from the judge.

The benefits of hiring an experienced injury lawyer don’t stop after the workers’ compensation hearings are over, though! If you do not feel your case was handled properly or that you did not gett a fair chance at appealing the decision, your attorney can help you file a lawsuit against your employer. This is just one more way that having an attorney on your side can help get you the best possible outcome for your situation.

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