Worker’s comp can be a slippery slope. What should be rather straightforward can lead to months of back and forth with lawyers, months of work, and a great deal of time without the funds that you need to be able to get back to work or to get on with your life. That being said, the right Macon workers’ compensation lawyers at the Mann Law Firm can help you get the help you need.
What is Worker’s Compensation?
Worker’s compensation or workers comp, is a form of insurance that companies of a certain size are required to have to help pay for the cost of time off of work, medical care after an accident at work on the job site. This is a very important type of insurance that helps to protect both the employer and the employees and helps to make certain that if someone is hurt at work as the result of negligence, that the company does not get sued and that the employee is taken care of.
The issue with most workers’ comp claims is that they do take time. Depending on the size of the claim, the insurance company might fight back and may want to go without paying the claim to save money for themselves. The process is what often leads to this issue. When someone is hurt on the job site a report is made that helps to illustrate just what happened and makes for a very clear picture of what happened.
The person that was injured is then sent to have medical work done and to get back in good health while the claim starts going through. The insurance company will review the claim, review the accompanying reports, and will also look at the information regarding the medical treatment that was needed to treat the individual and get them back on their feet. The process can take weeks after it has been submitted before the individual is paid out and before the claim is settled. This can be trying for the individual that was injured, the family, and even the workplace and other workers.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
Insurance companies are focused on saving as much money as possible. Though they are paid premiums to help make sure that the money is there when it needs to be paid out, they are not going to be ready to shell out thousands of dollars without their due diligence and without first trying to figure out what is going on. Insurance companies are going to try to place blame, they may try to downplay the injury or the care that was needed, and they are going to make sure that if they can go without paying, they will.
As such, it can be very hard for an individual on their own to fill out the proper paperwork, to deal with the questions, and to deal with the issues that pop up as the case goes on and as the claim is settled. A lawyer can help with all of these things. They can start by helping you make sure that all your paperwork is filled out correctly and that all the supporting documents are in place. They can also answer questions that you might have about the process so that you can better understand what is happening and you can prepare for what is still coming.
Lawyers are also going to be on your side, this means that they are going to fight for you and try to help you get a larger settlement than you would be able to with a rep from the company or on your own. They know the ins and outs of the system and can help you to get the biggest settlement possible so that you can actually take time off work to recover and can start to feel better.
It can be difficult to work through a workers comp claim, especially if you are on your own and you do not have the support of other people or a lawyer. A great lawyer is going to be able to argue for you, they will be able to fight for you and make sure that you do get the money you need to pay your medical bills, to take time off of work, and to make sure that your family is taken care of while you recover and while you are required to be off of work. Your lawyer will work as a go-between, they will talk with the insurance company they will answer the questions and they will work to make sure that every box is checked and that your claim is going to go through and be settled in the quickest amount of time and with the least hassle.
In most cases, when you file a workers comp claim you are already in pain, you are already suffering, it can be incredibly hard to go through the process necessary to get a good settlement in a workers comp claim. You are far more likely to get a good settlement, to get money, and to get the support you need if you do have a lawyer on your side that knows the system, that knows how to go about getting you the money you need, and that knows what it takes to make a successful workers comp claim and actually get the money you need to recover.