Sustaining an injury on the job can not only leave you in pain, but also with a lot of questions regarding your rights. Fortunately, there are workers’ compensation lawyers who can answer questions you may have about compensation for your injuries. Choosing the right attorney to represent you is critical in getting the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you have been injured on the job, here is what you need to know.
Preparing to meet with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Before meeting with a workers’ compensation lawyer, you should gather important documents.
Important documents include:
Written reports about your injury
Correspondence from your employer or from their insurance company about your claim
Contact information of the people who witnessed your accident
Questions to Ask Your Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
It is normal to have what can seem like a million different worries after you have bee injured in a work-related accident, especially if your ability to work has been compromised. Here are a few questions you should ask your worker’ compensation lawyer to help put your mind at ease:
How many workers’ comp cases do you handle?
This is a very important question because the more work injury cases your lawyer has handled, the better your chances are of winning your case. General practice lawyers may not have the same level of workers’ compensation knowledge as a lawyer who specializes in this specific category of law.
How many clients have you represented with injuries that are like mine?
It is always beneficial to find a lawyer with experience with the type of injury that you have suffered. A lawyer specializing in your type of injury gives you a greater chance of getting you benefits.
If my injury was my fault, will it have a negative impact on my claim?
If you were injured on the job, you are likely eligible for compensation. The exceptions being if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the injury occurred.
What should I say to my doctor?
The best thing to do when talking to your doctor is to tell the truth about how your injury occurred.
What benefits can I receive?
It is only natural to be curious about what types of benefits you can receive. Depending on the type and severity of your injuries you may be eligible for more than just medical and wage benefits. You may also be eligible for partial permanent disability benefits and more.
What if my employer asks me to work outside my restrictions?
Before returning to work a plan should be put into place between you, your lawyer and your employer so that everyone knows what your restrictions are.
At King Simmons Ford & Spree, we understand how the importance of providing to quality legal representation. This is why we offer completely free case evaluations and will never collect legal fees unless we win your case.
Call us today at (205) 871-1310 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with an experienced attorney.