When you are injured on the job, you may need workers’ compensation to help you afford medical bills and wage loss. Your compensation benefits can alleviate the stress of expenses while you are recovering from your injuries. Workers’ compensation covers you in the event that you get injured and provides you benefits until you recover. To improve your chances of getting approved, you can receive the help of an attorney who can guide you through the process. There are rigid requirements regarding the nature of your injury and what is considered eligible by the insurer.
If you need additional help with your workers’ compensation, a reliable attorney can provide the information you need. Contact Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld today for a consultation.
If you’ve had an accident or sustained an injury while at work, there are steps you can take.
When you begin your application, there may be some confusion on how you should complete it. You can learn more about how the approval process works to avoid common mistakes.
To be eligible, you must be an employee of your company. The injury has to be work-related while you are on the premises, being paid to deliver or commute for your job, or conducting some other work-related function. You also have to meet all deadlines for reporting your injury, and in most cases, can’t go beyond a year from the date of the accident. After being treated by your medical doctor, you have to continue attending examinations and treatments. If you are not following your doctor’s treatment protocol, you may be denied some benefits. You can find out more information from your attorney about any additional requirements.
Common mistakes on your application can cause delays to receiving your benefits. In this case, you can hire a lawyer for intervention. They can review the information you provided and point out what you’re missing on your application. Additionally, a Santa Barbara workers’ compensation attorney costs nothing initially. They will fight for your case and improve your opportunity of receiving benefits. If you file an appeal, they can represent you if the resolution pre-trial process does not resolve the dilemma.
It is highly useful to hire a lawyer if your employer disputes your claim, you don’t have strong medical evidence to back it, your injury caused permanent damage, you were offered a settlement amount and are undecided, and when you need to appeal after being denied.
Typically, a fee for your attorney’s services is dependent upon how complex your case was. When your win your case, your attorney can receive a maximum percentage of anywhere between 15% to 20% of your settlement benefits. The judge can approve this amount once the settlement has been awarded.
A case can be decided by a judge or voluntarily settled between you and your company’s insurer. The process is long and may take longer without representation.
You can receive more information from your attorney, who can guide you on how to improve your application. They can help prevent you from giving inaccurate information on your claim. Contact Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld today for a consultation by calling us or filling out our Contact Us form. Call our California workers’ comp lawyers for more legal help.