Important Questions to Ask Your Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you’ve been injured at work, you may be wondering if you are eligible for workers’ compensation and, if so, how to secure those benefits. The process can be complicated, and a workers’ compensation attorney can help you navigate the system and ease your stress. 

Before choosing an attorney, you should schedule a consultation to ask questions and decide if an attorney is a good fit for your specific case. Here are some key questions to ask your potential workers’ comp attorney during your consultation:

Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

Each case is different, and it’s important to determine whether your situation warrants legal representation. If your injury was minor and has healed, or if you only missed a couple days of work, a workers’ comp attorney may not be necessary. Check out what injuries are and are not covered by workers’ compensation in our recent blog post.

However, the process to secure benefits can be confusing, and it is possible that your claim will be denied even if you are entitled to compensation. If your claim has been denied, or if you experienced a severe injury, extensive medical care or permanent disability, it may be in your best interest to hire a workers’ comp lawyer to help secure the benefits you deserve.

Do You Have Experience with Workers’ Compensation Cases?

A simple yet crucial question, you will want to ask a potential attorney about their experience with workers’ comp cases. There are many different areas of law, and an attorney may have years of experience under their belt, but they may not have the experience needed to handle your workers’ comp case. Ask how many workers’ comp cases they handle and if they have worked on cases similar to yours to figure out if the attorney has the knowledge and expertise required for your situation. Attorney Rachel Fitzgerald has over 15 years of experience successfully guiding Wisconsinites through the workers’ comp process and advocating for their rights, no matter the situation.

What Benefits Can I Receive?

A good workers’ compensation attorney will be well-versed in the benefits available and the eligibility requirements to receive them, and they will be able to advocate for you to ensure you receive the benefits for which you qualify. 

The following types of benefits are available in the state of Wisconsin:

  • Wage replacement
  • Future wage loss
  • Medical expenses
  • Permanent disability
  • Retraining
  • Compensation for death of a loved one

Attorney Rachel Fitzgerald has the resources and expertise needed to secure the compensation you are owed. You can learn more about each of these benefits here

Will My Case Go to a Hearing?

While a workers’ comp attorney will work hard to reach a settlement agreement, sometimes a settlement cannot be agreed upon with your employer’s insurance company, and the case may be taken to a hearing in front of a judge. 

It’s difficult to know at the beginning phases of the process if a settlement will not be reached. Ask your potential attorney about their experience with hearings or trials so that, in the event your case reaches that point, you and your team will be prepared and equipped to fight for your benefits.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have been injured at work, Fitzgerald Law Firm can help. Attorney Rachel Fitzgerald has the experience, compassion, and determination to help you navigate the workers’ compensation claims process and secure the benefits you deserve. Contact us to schedule your free consultation today.

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