The law regarding workers compensation is a complicated jungle that can be difficult to navigate. If your injuries are moderate to severe, may prevent you from returning to work on a regular basis, or you have pre-existing disabilities, clearly, it is in your best interest to work with a workers compensation lawyer. He or she can advocate on your behalf to ensure you get the benefits entitled to you by Ohio injury law. You can pretty much bet money the company will have its team of attorneys who know the laws regarding workers comp inside and out. Don’t you want someone in your corner advocating for your rights as well?
Going It Alone Could Cost You More Money
Injured workers sometimes believe they can go up against insurers on their own. This may be possible for very minor injuries where there’s no lost wages or medical bills. But if the settlement means paying your bills or incurring debt, you want a professional on your side as soon as possible. Clerical errors, missing deadlines, and forgetting important information can also affect your end settlement amount. Often, settling a large workers comp claim on your own could cost you even more money than hiring an attorney, whose fee is capped based on your claim.
Claims Can Take Years to Process
There is a site called “Disability Judges”, that tracks disability claims. As you can observe, claims in Ohio go through the local Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The wait time alone, before your Social Security Disability case will be heard, is well over a year and a half in most locations. And once your case is heard, the processing time can be up to two years.
Waiting this long for a disability hearing causes many claimants to give up hope. Many simply abandon their attempt to receive benefits, and let their disability claims fall by the wayside — lost in a series of delays.
If you have a savvy attorney on your side, you can dramatically increase your chances of getting your initial claim accepted. And avoiding that long line, that years-long wait time for a hearing, is worth every cent.
Your Lawyer Will Always Work with You Directly
Since 1988, Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen have advocated as workers comp lawyers in the Cincinnati area advocating for the legal rights of people just like yourself. We don’t rely much on a support staff, but instead work with you directly one on one. Your personal attorney will be your main source of contact and will work hand in hand with you to secure the brightest future possible. We fight for the little guy. In fact, the majority of our cases are not multibillion class action clients, but people like yourself, ordinary people trying to traverse the complexities of the legal system. We have decades of legal experience and take most of our cases on a contingency basis. We don’t win unless you do too.
Payment for Worker’s Comp Attorney a Percentage of Your Award
The fees for worker’s comp attorneys are tightly regulated by state law. In most cases, it is a percentage of what you are awarded. You face no substantial upfront payment. The percentage is often capped by state law and approved by a judge before the attorney collects the fee. You can always contact an attorney for a free consultation to go over any fees and discuss the details of your cases. You do not need to be rich to have a lawyer, though legal representation will likely increase your settlement when you are represented by someone who understands the law and everything you are entitled to.