How Will I Benefit from Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

August 9, 2016

The workers’ compensation system is fairly straight forward when you have a routine workplace injury that does not require surgery and is not likely to leave you with any permanent impairment. Things can get complicated fairly quickly as your injuries are more severe, or if you are suffering from an occupational disease.

The most important benefit of hiring a Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney is that you will have an advocate in your corner when you must go up against the corporate attorneys that represent your employer’s insurance company, or the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Bureau. You will benefit from their years of experience in helping countless clients before you in dealing with the local judges that will decide the fate of your case. Workers’ compensation rules and regulations are complex, and handling claims and settlements, filing appeals, gathering evidence and negotiating with the other attorneys is challenging and can be intimidating to the inexperienced. It is more important that you focus on healing rather than trying to do a job that is outside of the realm of your expertise.

When it makes sense to hire a workers’ compensation attorney

If your case involves any of the following, you may seriously consider hiring a lawyer:

  • Your claim has been denied
  • You have suffered a serious injury that requires surgery, and you do not anticipate being able to do your job after you recover from the injury
  • You do not think that you will be able to work again at any type of job after your injury
  • You disagree with your employer’s decision, their insurer, or the Workers’ Compensation Bureau
  • Your injury has aggravated a pre-existing injury

How do workers’ compensation attorneys get paid?

Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys’ fees are strictly regulated by state law. They work on a contingency fee basis, which means that your lawyer will receive a set percentage of your settlement if they win the case. If you lose the case, you do not pay attorney fees. The good thing about contingency fee arrangements is that they allow workers to receive competent representation regardless of their level of income because they are not required to pay a hefty retainer in order to hire an attorney. The other benefit to this arrangement is that it creates a win-win. The attorney is incentivized to push for the maximum settlement for their client because that increase their income as well.

For workers’ compensation cases, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Bureau must approve the fee arrangement before your lawyer can collect their fees.

If you are not sure whether or not your case might benefit from being represented by a competent Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer, the good news is that it does not cost you a thing to find out. You can schedule a no-obligation consultation where you will be able to discuss your case with the lawyer and get your questions answered. At the same time, the attorney gets a chance to review your case, run the numbers and make a decision as to whether or not you need a lawyer, or if you would be better off handling the case yourself.

Larry Pitt & Associates is here to represent the rights of injured workers. If you sustained a serious work injury or developed an occupational illness, we want to help. Please contact us at 888.PITT.LAW to schedule a consultation at one of our offices. We proudly serve Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.