Why You Need an Attorney
Hello my name is Dave Pilippone. I’m a partner with Oot and Associates, I’ve been with the firm for over two decades. We handle workers’ compensation matters, social security disability claims, and personal injury matters. I’ve handled over 10,000 workers’ compensation hearings and our firm has handled over 40,000 workers’ compensation hearings.
The first question I often receive is “Do I really need a lawyer in my workers’ compensation claim?” The simple answer to that question is absolutely yes. Whether you retain our firm or another firm it is important to have an individual with you at workers’ compensation hearings that is truly skilled in the area of the workers’ compensation law. The insurance company certainly will send a skilled representative to work against you in your claim so it’s important that you obtain representation.
The next question I receive is “How do workers compensation attorneys receive payment?” It’s important to understand that unlike other attorney-client relationships, a workers’ compensation attorney cannot collect money from you directly. That attorney has to submit a few requests to the workers’ compensation law judge and the judge determines whether or not that fee request is reasonable. If the judge determines the request is reasonable the fee will be awarded on the benefits the insurance company has yet to pay. Again, the payment for attorney fees comes out of money that is moving and there is no situation where an individual reaches into their own pocket and sends a check to an attorney for workers’ compensation representation.
Given those facts I think it is very important to retain counsel and also to understand that you really aren’t at risk of running into a situation where you run up a legal bill that you can’t pay. The only way the lawyer gets paid as if they produce a result for you and the fee comes out of that result in an amount that the judge sets as being reasonable and fair.
Based on the information I just shared with you, I think you’ll agree that it is important to obtain representation for workers’ compensation matters and I would encourage you to contact our firm for assistance, thank you.