11-23-2013, 12:23 PM
I injured my lower back in the beginning of this year. I was out of work for 6 months and had to quit my job because I was given permanent work restrictions that keep me from continuing my career. I had to take a new entry level position working 20 hours more a week and making a fair amount less. Workers comp offered me a percentage above my impairment and while it is significant I don't believe it is what I deserve for losing 12 Years experience and training. I turned it down and now they are scheduled a informal conference. My question is simple. Do I need a lawyer? Would it make a big enough difference
Thanks for your time
If you don't understand the laws and what you should get I would say yes you need a lawyer. It is normally free for the first visit to talk to them. Just remember they will get a % of the settlement. If he gets you what they were offering then you lose money but you need to be able to understand what it is worth. And sad to say it is hard sometime to know what it is worth without a lawyer. There should be links to your states laws in this forum and if you will post your state it will help other give you better answers because every state has different rules.
11-23-2013, 12:58 PM
(This post was last modified: 11-23-2013, 03:35 PM by 1171.)
you need to realize that settlements are based on what benefits you are entitled to under the comp rules not what you think you lost or feel you deserve.
an atty will explain the difference and what you are risking.
11-23-2013, 03:03 PM
(This post was last modified: 11-23-2013, 03:04 PM by 1171.)
when you choose to accept or reject a settlement offer without knowing the ramifications there is always a risk you've chosen incorrectly.
When you start talking loss of earnings compared to the job you used to be able to do there could be a bit more money than what they are offering. But with that being said they do collect a fee from the settlement and in wi its 20%. I recently settled and my attorney collected nearly $65,000, and he was worth every penny. I also have open medical for my injury for life. Now this doesn't mean our case is the same but what I would do is set up an appointment with a few wc attorneys and give them the facts and what they are offering. Hear them out, if you decide then you want to procede with out a attorney then your not out anything...
Thank you for the replies great info