There’s a lot that’s mysterious about the legal business, especially when it comes to workers’ compensation attorneys. There are a variety of situations where employees hear that it’s not worth it to hire an attorney when they’ve been injured on the job, but in most cases, those reasons are simply myths. Workers’ compensation attorneys exist to help those who have been injured on the job receive the compensation they’re entitled to as a rightful member of the workforce. It’s our goal to dispel some of the rumors that go along with workers’ compensation attorneys, and set the record straight on a few of the most common myths about workers’ compensation attorneys:
Myth #1 I can’t afford one
Regardless of how much money you make, you’re entitled to an attorney. Depending on your income level, you may be eligible for subsidized legal aid, and what’s more, many workers’ compensation attorneys function on a contingency fee. That means that the attorney won’t get paid until you do. This method of payment for workers’ compensation attorneys ensures that any injured worker, even those with limited income, can get the representation they need in their workers’ compensation claim.
If you’re worried about paying for an attorney, the best thing to do is set up a free initial consultation with the trusted workers’ compensation attorney of your choice, and make sure to ask about their pricing. Most good attorneys will be upfront with you about the details of your case, and how they’ll charge you fees. It’s just important to know that anyone has the right to an attorney in a workers’ compensation case, and there are a variety of ways to find an attorney that will work on your behalf at a price you can afford.
Myth #2 All workers’ comp attorneys are basically the same
While most workers’ compensation attorneys perform similar tasks, they’re different from other attorneys in that they don’t get paid in the same way. Workers’ compensation attorneys are only paid when they win a case, and they only get a small percentage of the money that’s awarded to the client at the end of a case. This is different from a business attorney, who typically works at an hourly rate or on a salary.
What’s more, no two workers’ compensation attorneys have the same level of experience or success rate. Don’t trust a workers’ compensation attorney simply because they say they can get you the settlement you’re looking for. It’s important to make sure you’ve checked out all of the options in your area, and have chosen the attorney who has the most experience, and who you feel will do the best job representing your case.
Myth #3 I don’t need a workers’ compensation attorney because I have insurance
Even if you have your own insurance, it’s unlikely that your health insurance will pay for an injury that happens on the job. If the insurance company is aware your injury happened on the job, they’ll likely want your employer’s insurance to pay for the medical bills and such. Even if, for some reason, your personal health insurance does offer to cover some of the damages, it’s important to know that they likely won’t cover all of the medical bills and fees associated with your injury. If your employer or your employer’s insurance company refuses you workers’ compensation after an on-the-job injury, you should seek an attorney, regardless of if you have personal health insurance or not.
Myth #4 My injuries are minor, so I don’t need a workers comp attorney
Minor injuries are one of the most overlooked problems relating to workers’ compensation. In many cases, workers don’t report minor injuries, because they don’t feel it’s worth it to seek compensation. Unfortunately, minor back pains and smaller injuries often turn into larger problems over time working at the same job, and insurance companies will do everything they can to cover only the bare minimum in terms of health care bills and fees. In the end, insurance companies often end up offering settlements for minor injuries that don’t even cover all of the medical expenses associated with the injury. Even if your injury is minor, it can cost a lot to get back to full strength, what with physical therapy or even just time off. If you’re being refused compensation, an attorney will do everything they can to ensure you get the settlement you deserve.
Myth #5 Workers Compensation cases are long and settlements take forever
It is true that workers’ compensation cases that go to trial can take a very long time, sometimes even years. What isn’t true, however, is that all cases go to trial. In fact, most workers’ compensation claims can be settled without even going to court, especially when you have proper representation. A quality workers’ compensation attorney can help expedite your workers’ compensation case, and help get you the money you need to pay medical bills as soon as possible.
We hope we’ve helped debunk some of the most common myths about workers’ compensation attorneys. The bottom line is that most quality, experienced workers’ compensation attorneys are there for their clients. They’ll do whatever they can to ensure you get the settlement you need as soon as possible, and they won’t charge you until you get that settlement. If you’re considering a workers’ compensation attorney, and have a few more questions, be sure to get in touch with the Epstein Law Firm. We’ve been representing workers’ compensation cases for years now, and are one of Chicago’s most respected firms. We’re happy to answer any questions you have with a free initial consultation. Schedule your appointment by calling our office at 773-522-7000, or request one online at your convenience!