On the job work accidents are never expected. When they do happen, they instantly change the life of the person who is injured. The injured individual may be facing a long recovery, expense of medical bills, loss of employment, or other life-changing disabilities. In the state of Massachusetts, workers may be entitled to compensation as a result of an on-the-job injury. Unfortunately, getting that compensation is not always easy.
When workers file a workers compensation claim, sometimes their employer or their insurance company does not treat them fairly. An insurance company may unexpectedly deny the workers claim. Or they may delay paying for medical treatment or withhold certain benefits that the injured individual is due. In these cases, it may be in the injured worker’s best interest to consult a Massachusetts workers compensation attorney.
When consult an attorney, there are a few things that the worker should look for. First they want to find an attorney that has experience in workers compensation. While an attorney that practices general law may be able to take the case, since they do not have experience in workers compensation cases, they may not be qualified to provide the needed help.
Next, look for an attorney that has experience. It is one thing to learn about dealing with workers compensation cases in school. It is quite another thing to interact with insurance companies face-to-face, and get settlements.
Most law firms will offer a free telephone consultation. Of course, this does not mean that they are going to get free advice all the time. But during that initial consultation, a potential client will be able to get a feel for the experience and competence level of the turning that they are going to have represent them.
It is good to discuss litigation cost and the amount of time it will take for the case to get to court. Going to court is expensive. There are certain expenses associated to going to court that an attorney can do nothing about. Having a frank and open conversation about how much litigation is going to cost in the compensation that the attorney expects if the case is won at the outset will make the entire process smoother.
A good Massachusetts workers compensation attorney can take a lot of the stress out of the process of fighting for workers compensation benefits. They have dealt with insurance companies, understand their tricks, and are able to provide valuable advice.
Workers’ Compensation, Mass.gov
Workers’ Compensation Benefits FAQ, Nolo.com