Sitting down to discuss your situation with a skilled workers’ comp attorney can give you insight, clarity, and guidance in the challenging days following a workplace accident. However, you probably have thousands of questions running through your mind making it difficult to decide exactly what you want to ask during this first meeting with your lawyer.
In this article, we share a few helpful questions that will not only grant you insight into the quality of representation a particular attorney provides, but also give you the answers you need to make informed decisions about your case:
1. Have You Handled Claims Similar to Mine?
While workers’ comp cases are often lumped under the category of personal injury law, they typically require a drastically different approach. Firstly, you won’t be bringing a lawsuit against another party, but instead applying for workers’ comp benefits. Secondly, you won’t need to prove fault, simply show that you suffered your injuries while on the clock.
With this in mind, it’s in your best interests to find an attorney with at least some experience overseeing workers’ comp claims. This will ensure that they have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you achieve a favorable outcome.
2. What Benefits Will I Receive?
Injured workers can receive compensation for many different types of losses, such as medical benefits, income benefits, and vocational rehabilitation benefits. However, not all workers are eligible to receive compensation, and the types of benefits you are entitled to will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding your case. A skilled workers’ comp attorney can assess your situation to help determine the kinds of benefits you can pursue as part of your claim.
3. Can I Receive Benefits If the Injury Was My Fault?
In most cases, yes. While you might’ve caused the accident that led to your injuries, this doesn’t disqualify you from receiving benefits. As long as you can show that you were doing your job when you were hurt, you should still be eligible to receive benefits.
There are, however, a few scenarios wherein you might not be able to pursue compensation. For instance, if you arrived at work drunk and subsequently injured yourself, you could be denied a payout.
4. How Long Will My Claim Take?
While your claim is pending, exercising patience is important. Depending on the severity of your injuries, it could take weeks or even months to settle your claim. For instance, if you suffered a permanent injury, you shouldn’t accept the insurer’s offer until you’ve achieved maximum medical improvement. As such, it’s impossible for an attorney to guarantee a specific timeframe, but he or she can still give you insight into how your claim might unfold.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Georgia Workers’ Comp Attorney
If you were injured on the job, hiring a lawyer to assist with your workers’ comp claim may be one of the best decisions you make. At Moebes Law, our legal team can help with almost every aspect of your case, from filing the necessary paperwork to providing tenacious representation throughout proceedings. Contact us today at (404) 354-5432 or by sending us a message HERE to lock a free case review with one of our workers’ comp attorneys.