Our team of personal injury lawyers here at Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co. can deal with both personal injury and workers compensation claims. If you are unsure which category your illness or injury falls into, the first thing to do is to contact our office to set up an initial consultation. Our legal team will help you to determine what claims you may be able to make and through which channels you may be eligible to receive compensation. After any injury or accident involving another person, it is best to meet with a lawyer as soon as possible to understand your rights and the legal implications of the event.
We offer free consultants for this advice, and our team of Cincinnati legal professionals are happy to assist you in understanding the processes you are about to undertake to receive compensation for your treatment and lost wages.
The majority of claims run into challenges. If a claim is denied the first time it is filed, then that claim could be caught up in lengthy and expensive appeals processes for years. You want to ensure that your claim is accepted the first time you file it. For that reason, you want to have a seasoned, veteran legal team at your side to help you navigate the potential pitfalls of claim filing and claims adjustments.
The Difference Between Workers Comp & Personal Injury Claims
If you’ve been injured, there are multiple options you have to seek compensation depending on the unique circumstances of your injury. Whether you file a worker’s comp claim or personal injury case depends on your situation. The biggest difference between the two is that with few exceptions, you can only receive pain & suffering compensation in a personal injury case. Workers comp cases are mostly restricted to wage and medical bill reimbursement, along with potential disability payments. Work injuries usually go through workman’s comp, while personal injuries are outside of work. However, there is exception to this, so you should speak with a personal injury lawyer who also does workers compensation for assistance in determining what option is best for you.
What Happens After Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
After filing your personal injury or workers compensation claim, the first thing that happens is that we will complete a case evaluation to review the facts and medical opinions about your claim. Then, we will discuss early settlement options with you, if appropriate. If the case continues to court, your lawyer and the defendant’s lawyer will exchange and disclose facts—a process known as discovery and depositions. Either side’s lawyers may file motions to narrow the issues covered in court, object to certain evidence being presented or request a dismissal of the case. Mediation and arbitration may occur to attempt to settle the case outside of a trial, and, finally, a trial will be held if no settlement has been reached.
What Paperwork Do You Need for a Personal Injury Case?
If you are in doubt as to whether or not to hold onto paperwork pertaining to your injury or condition, err on the side of keeping too much. Keep receipts for every transaction. Keep receipts for every medication. Hold onto your co-pay stubs for every meeting with every medical specialist. Take note of exactly when you notified your employer of the injury, and exactly what they wrote in response and when. Save emails, both to you and from you. In these types of cases, every bit of paperwork you save could prove to be useful later. Our paralegals can help corral your paper trail into a coherent and clear narrative. When in doubt, keep that paper. It is preferable to have too much material to draw from than too little. If your new injury is a worsening of a previous injury, or based on a condition for which you had already received earlier treatment, try to find any documentation of your earlier medical care as well.
Guidance Through Your Personal Injury or Workers Comp Claim
At Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, LPA, Co., we have the veteran talent in-house to guide you through this process. We can make these sometimes nebulous and complex series of legal hurdles clear and understandable. You will always know where you stand when working with our team, and you will always have an ally ready to talk to you directly — straightforward, with no sugar coating or unnecessary legalese. Our team of legal professionals is approachable, friendly, and ready to assist you and your family. Avoid the headaches that can often come with claims and benefits applications, and let our crew of Cincinnati legal experts make sure that you receive the benefit payments due to you. When you work with Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, LPA, Co., you know you are hiring an experienced Cincinnati’s based team with vast experience in both personal injury claims and workers compensation claims.