Common Mistakes in Workers’ Compensation Claims - Part 2

If you were hurt on the job and need to apply for workers’ compensation benefits, you may have heard that it’s a complicated process and that most claims are denied. It’s true—employers and insurance companies have a vested interest in not paying workers’ compensation benefits and will look for every opportunity to reject your claim. For this reason it is very important to hire the right attorney to handle your case. Here’s what you should look for in a workers’ compensation lawyer

Make sure your lawyer understands workers’ compensation law

The workers’ compensation process has its own set of rules. If you don’t properly follow the rules, your claim may be denied or delayed. Don’t hire a general practitioner who may not be familiar with all the inner workings of the workers’ compensation system. Verify that your attorney has extensive experience handling workers’ compensation cases.

Make sure your attorney is accessible and available

You will have questions throughout the workers’ compensation claims process, and you need to be certain that your lawyer will respond to your calls or emails in a timely manner. Confirm that you have direct access to the attorney, and not just a paralegal, secretary or inexperienced associate.

Make sure you hire an experienced trial lawyer

The skills required of a trial attorney are different than those of a transactional lawyer. You want a lawyer who has skill and experience at oral argument, who can think and respond at the spur of the moment, and who is well-versed in the rules of trial procedure.

Make sure you know your attorney’s courtroom strategy

Some attorneys will aggressively advocate for you in every proceeding, while others prefer to negotiate an outcome that meets your needs. Be sure that your attorney will do whatever is necessary to get the benefits you need.

Contact Our Office

At Taylor & Boguski, we bring more than 70 years of combined legal experience to injured workers throughout New Jersey. For a free initial consultation, contact our office online or call us at 856-200-8989.