After a workplace injury, you need a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries. When meeting with a lawyer for the first time, ask the following questions to ensure that you are choosing the right attorney and to help you learn more about your claim:
How much experience do you have with workers’ compensation claims?
If a lawyer does not have sufficient experience with workers’ compensation claims, he or she may not be able to get you the full compensation you deserve. This area of the law is specialized and complex, requiring experience and skill, so don’t trust just anyone to fight for your workers’ compensation claim.
How long will it take to receive my compensation?
Workers’ compensation law is intended to provide payment for medical bills and relevant lost wages, though it may take time to accomplish this. Your attorney may be able to provide a rough timeline of when you can expect your compensation; however, keep in mind that you will not receive an exact date, as many factors play a role in determining the amount and scope of your claim.
Will my employer try to fight my claim?
Almost all on-the-job injuries are eligible to receive workers’ compensation, with a few exceptions, such as injuries sustained while committing an illegal act. To avoid paying you what you deserve, your employer may try to attribute your accident to illegal behavior or another technicality that invalidates your claim. An attorney will help you fight these tactics and obtain the necessary compensation.
Should I consider filing a third party claim?
If your accident was caused by a third party, such as a defective piece of equipment or a negligent driver, you may be able to sue for damages from this third party in addition to the workers’ compensation to which you are entitled. Consult an attorney for more information about these claims.
After an injury at work, lawyers with the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood can help you obtain the compensation you need to pay medical bills and make ends meet. For assistance with your workers’ compensation claim in the Cary area, call (919) 238-4668.