A question I hear frequently is “Do I really need a lawyer for my workers' compensation case?” Naturally, everyone wants to know if they'll end up better off financially as a result of having an attorney instead of going it alone. Here at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we'll be the first to tell you that not every workers' compensation claimant needs a lawyer; however, anyone who has sustained an on-the-job injury that has required any medical treatment is well advised to contact an experienced attorney for advice.
The best workers' compensation lawyers offer free consultation with no obligation. Experienced and honest attorneys will tell you right away whether you have a claim or whether you might be better off handling the case or claim yourself.
“How Much Is My Claim Worth?”
One of the most common follow up questions I get is "How much is my workers' compensation claim worth?" Almost all lawyers will handle your case for 25% of the gross recovery on your behalf. Workers' comp claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that you have no out of pocket expenses, no retainer, and your lawyer gets paid only when you do. If I don't recover on your behalf, I don't get paid for any of my attorney services provided. In addition to information about attorneys fees, you need to understand how an attorney handles expenses. At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we advance all claim expenses on your behalf during the pendency of your claim and we only get reimbursed at the end. There is no financial risk to decideind to hire our firm to represent you.
So, is it worth it? Besides listening to my advice and opinion after I have heard the details of your situation, you should be aware that it has been shown that workers' compensation claimants obtain, on average, fifty percent less if they don’ use an attorney. Statistically, represented claimants do better if they hire an attorney rather than trying to handle their claim.
As I tell my clients, the bottom line is important but an experienced workers' compensation lawyer can also make sure you do not miss filing deadlines and other deadlines that could destroy your claim and leave you with nothing, which happens all too frequently. An attorney will also be able to get you to the right medical evaluations that can give you peace of mind that you've obtained all of the necessary medical treatment that you need and will not make the mistake of settling your claim and needing some expensive medical care or even expensive surgery thereafter. All of these things are just as important as your net recovery. There is great benefit to having an experienced workers compensation professional handle your Missouri and Kansas workers compensation claim and knowing that there is power and information and experience on your side and not just with the insurance company and its legions of work comp adjusters and defense lawyers. If you talk to me and I determine that you need an attorney, do yourself of favor and if you do not hire me then hire someone.
We've written a workers' compensation book that you should download and read before you ever speak to an attorney. Whether you hire a lawyer or decide to handle your own claim, you will be much more informed about the process as you go forward. There is also a number of articles and videos that will help you understand your situation. Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like a free consultation with no obligation at 816-471-5111 or at the toll free number above. As will see from my testimonials, I will always shoot you straight.