Why Do I Need a Workers Comp Lawyer?
Four Reasons to Hire a Portland Oregon Workers Comp Lawyer
Before I became a workers comp lawyer I thought workers compensation was straight forward and simple. I believed that if I walked into work Monday morning with no injury or pain and then left work Monday afternoon in pain because of a work injury, it would clearly be a workers compensation claim. As a result, the workers compensation insurance would cover any medical bills associated with that injury. Also, if I lost any wages due to the work injury, I would be compensated accordingly.
Now that I am a workers comp lawyer, my eyes have been opened. The workers compensation system is not that simple. It should be, but, it is not. It is a broken system leaving many injured workers in very stressful situations. The workers compensation laws in Oregon are complicated and tricky. As a result, most injured workers are blindsided by the application of these laws. Then the rug is suddenly pulled out from under their workers compensation claim.
Offer expert advice and anticipate potential pitfalls
A workers comp lawyer will protect your claim by offering expert advice. Also, the lawyer will often recognize problems before they happen. Workers compensation lawyers are experts. They know the laws. They know the pitfalls and traps. They have experience with hundreds of claims. This experience is critical to helping you understand workers compensation in Oregon.
Injured workers must be able to anticipate the actions of the insurance company to protect their claim and maximize their benefits. Most people do not have the knowledge to do that alone. Most people do not have the time or energy to learn the law themselves. You need the help of a workers compensation attorney.
Maximize Your Workers Compensation Benefits
In addition to being complex, the workers compensation system is extremely modest financially. Some might call it “cheap.” After enduring injury, financial stress, and the roller coaster ride of a workers compensation claim, the injured worker is often disappointed and sometimes appalled at the small amount of compensation he/she receives (if he/she receives anything at all). Many workers’ lives are turned upside down because of their injury and they expect the workers compensation system to make them whole again—physically and financially. That is not the case. The dollar amounts associated with workers compensation claims are, for the most part, regulated by law. These regulated amounts are low compared to the actual impact these injuries make in our lives.
In the midst of all these warnings, it is important to remember that there are benefits available through the workers compensation system. There are benefits such as wage loss, impairment awards, vocational rehabilitation, and settlement. They can assist you, to some degree, in getting back on your feet after a work injury. In most cases, however, whether your claim has been accepted or denied, having the assistance of an attorney is extremely beneficial in warning you against potential hidden pitfalls and in securing the maximum benefits available to you.
No Financial Risk Hiring A Workers Comp Lawyer
The good news is there is no risk hiring a workers comp attorney. You pay no fees unless the attorney helps you recover. That means that you get the help of a workers compensation expert without worrying about how you will pay.
There is no risk hiring an attorney because you pay no fees unless you recover. It is extremely easy to lose your footing in the workers compensation system. Do not risk losing your opportunity to receive the maximum benefit.
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