If you have been injured on the job, you may believe that you can successfully file your workers’ compensation claim on your own. After handling numerous workers’ compensation cases in the state of Connecticut, we have heard various lines of reasoning from potential clients as to why they believe they can successfully handle their own workers’ compensation claims, including:
- “I don’t think it is essential to hire a workers’ comp lawyer. I believe I can manage the workers’ compensation system by myself.” – Many people do attempt to handle their workers’ compensation cases themselves. However, as lawyers who have handled many cases over the years, we have the unique advantage of knowing the law and having the experience of working with the system. It is because of this that we are more effective at securing maximum compensation for our clients than are those who go it alone.
- “I need to hire legal counsel, however I worry about how much it might cost.” – We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge you up front for our services. Instead, you’re only charged once we have successfully secured your benefits for you.
- “I feel overwhelmed by the concept of discussing my case with a workers’ comp lawyer.” – Your attorney has a vested interest in helping you resolve your workers’ compensation case. At the Law Offices of Andrew J. Cates, LLC our Connecticut workers’ comp attorneys have handled many cases similar to yours. We are professionals and we are here to help.
- “I don’t know how to choose the right lawyer.” – When choosing a workers’ compensation attorney, it is important that you select someone who has your best interests at heart. Your attorney should be skillful and experienced, and know how to use the law in order to secure the best outcome for you.
- “I do not see myself as the kind of individual who would work with a lawyer.” – Your employer will likely use all of its resources against you and fight paying you what you deserve. Its resources include its human resources staff, attorneys, and the insurance company. If your employer is using such professional services, it is to your benefit to have a professional fighting for you as well.
- “I trust my employer. I believe the company will do right by me.” – The bottom line of every company is profit. When your employer has to pay out on your workers’ compensation claim, that payment can affect the company’s profitability. Though the company likely wants to do right by you, its larger mandate is to reduce and cut costs whenever possible, and this may include the payout for your claim.
- “Workers’ compensation is determined by the government. As long as I fill out my paper work properly I will be fine.” – Connecticut state law sets forth the guidelines for the types of injuries which qualify for workers’ compensation, and how the payment formulations work. However, there’s still wide latitude for interpretation and application of these laws and regulations. This is why it is best to work with an experienced Connecticut workers’ compensation attorney, in order to secure maximum compensation.
If you were hurt on the job in Connecticut and are wondering whether or not you need a workers’ comp lawyer, we can help. Give us a call toll free at (800) 330-4988 or (860) 522-7044, or contact us online for a free phone consultation. There is no obligation and we are happy to answer all of your questions.