Off The Record – Workers’ Comp – Why you need an Attorney
Woman: Hey, Bill, I’ve been getting a massive amount of phone calls from people inquiring as to whether or not it’s really necessary to get an attorney for a workers’ comp claim.
Bill: Okay. I hate to sound like a lawyer and say it depends, but it depends. You know, it…And when I say it depends, it depends on the seriousness of the case. And I would say that anybody who has a serious injury that’s gonna result in some kind of permanent damage, or anything that involves an extensive amount of lost time from work, extensive medical bills, yeah, you probably should talk to a lawyer. And you know what? It doesn’t hurt, even if it is a minor injury, it doesn’t hurt to consult with an attorney just to get the lay of the land, understand what’s involved, and, you know what they may be facing in the future. You know, if the injury becomes worse, more serious, you know because the bottom line is this, you know, insurance companies eventually do get tired of paying, okay?
And you know, when you reach that point, that’s where you really need the help of an attorney. You know, if you have to have a testimony in your case, or if you need to depose doctors, you’re gonna need, you know, the skill of an attorney who knows how to navigate all those things. And who knows, you know, the proper questions to ask, you know? And the other thing too is that you don’t pay out of pocket for the attorney services. The fees are highly regulated by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, and the attorney only gets paid if he or she is able to obtain a benefit for you over and above what the insurance company pays you, okay?
So, you know, as I said, it all depends on the situation, but it never hurts to just call an attorney and run the situation past them. “Look, I got hurt at work. This is what happened. These are what my injuries are. I’m going back to work. I’m not going back to work. I need surgery. I don’t need surgery.” You know, the attorney knows the right questions to ask to see if you really do need representations, all right?
Bill: So, that’s my, it depends, but if you do have questions about workers’ compensation or social security disability or…
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Bill: Perfect. Thanks for listening.