4 Tips For Choosing A Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have been involved in an accident in which you have been injured by the fault of another, then you are probably going to want to make a claim. This will ensure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries and more. In order to ensure that you have a higher chance of receiving your proper compensation, you will want to hire a personal injury lawyer (such as one from Schlicter & Schonack LLP). To be sure that you hire the right personal injury lawyer for your case, you will want to consider these following tips: Take Notes of Communication: First of all, you want to be sure that you choose a lawyer who communicates well. This will guarantee that throughout the length of your case, you can count on them to provide you with all new details in a timely manner. You don’t ever want to be out of the loop during this process. You can take notes of how well a lawyer communicates based on how quickly they get back to you to schedule an appointment, for example.  Don’t Wait to Hire a Lawyer: Before you even file your personal injury claim, you should be looking for a lawyer. This is because if you wait too long, you may not have the opportunity to find the right lawyer for you. You may have to choose the first lawyer you find just because you are running out of time. You also want to be sure that you have a lawyer by your side during the process of filing your claim because they will help you fill out all the proper details and more. Make Sure Payment is Contingency: When you are meeting with any personal injury lawyer, you want to be sure that they offer contingency payment plans. This is because a contingency payment plan means that you will have no upfront costs and the lawyer will only be paid when you win your case. This means that they have an even higher motivation to fight your case.  Be Sure the Lawyer is Local: Always be sure that you are seeking help from a lawyer who is local and works with only local personal injury cases. This guarantees that they know a great deal about the laws involved in your specific city. This will work out in your favor because then nothing will be overlooked.  By following and utilizing these four tips, you can be sure that everything works in your advantage and you have a much higher chance of winning your...

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Is It Possible To Re-Open A Workers’ Comp Case?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

In many instances, the workers’ compensation claim ends once the worker has returned back to work and recovered fully from his or her injuries. However, there are some instances in which it is necessary for the claim to stay open for an extended period of time. If you believe that you are entitled to benefits beyond those you were initially offered, here is what you need to know.  Can You Receive Benefits If Your Condition Worsens? In the event that your condition returns or worsens after the workers’ compensation claim has been paid, there is a chance that you can still receive benefits. Whether or not you can depends on the wording of your settlement agreement.  Some agreements include language that allows for future benefits if the condition returns or worsens. For instance, if you suffered a back injury in the workplace accident that led to the initial claim and years later, your doctor recommended surgery to alleviate recurring pain, your benefits could possibly cover the cost of the surgery, lost wages, and additional medical care. You would simply need to contact your employer’s insurance company and re-open your claim. However, this is only possible if your claim was not a full and final release.  A full and final release would end any responsibility your employer and the insurance company had for your injury. There is an exception, though, that could possibly allow you to re-open your claim and receive benefits. If you live in a state that allows for the re-opening of claims involving injuries that recurred or became worse, you can use the law to get the needed benefits. There could possibly be a time restriction that limits the amount of time you have to re-open your case.  What If You Have Permanent Scarring? Even with good medical treatment, there are some injuries that result in permanent scarring. Ideally, the scarring that you received was included in the initial rating of your disability by the insurance company and you were paid for it.  However, if it was difficult to determine the full extent of the scarring at the time of the settlement and you believe that you should receive additional benefits because the level of disfigurement is now evident and not properly compensated for, you can possibly re-open your case.  Some states have laws that allow for a one-time settlement for scarring. If you did not receive the amount, you can file a claim to request it.  There are many other situations in which you can potentially ask for your claim to be re-opened. Since workers’ compensation laws can vary from state to state, consult with a workers’ comp attorney in your area who is familiar with...

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