Why settlement is not always your best option

Michigan workers compensation attorney gives reasons why settlement might not always be your best option and how to maximize your claim.

We think it is critical to hire an attorney who is experienced with workers compensation cases in Michigan. This means finding someone who knows the value of a claim and what it takes to win at trial.

A good attorney will be happy to discuss his or her qualifications with you. Avoid general practitioners who are only looking to make a quick buck. Ask how many workers compensation cases are actually handled per year.

The decision to settle your workers compensation case is not easy and you need good advice. No one can predict the future and there is no going back once it is final. Here are some reasons to delay settlement of your case until the time is right.

Unsure of future medical

Insurance companies routinely deny medical treatment for people who are hurt on-the-job. This is to save money on claims and it is usually done at your expense. Most of these bogus denials are based upon the independent medical evaluation. It does not matter what your own doctor says.

Our clients usually want to settle so they can get medical treatment on their own terms. This is an attractive option but it comes with risk. Talk to your doctor about the need for future medical care before settling your case.

No plan for future

Workers compensation offers three important benefits. These are medical, wage loss, and vocational rehabilitation. Each benefit can help you recover from your work injury.

We tell our clients to think about the future. A settlement should be used for  retraining or to start a business. Paying off debt and beginning a new job is always a great option. Having a plan can make all the difference in your recovery.

Case is not ready for settlement

The best way to get top dollar for your case is to prepare for trial. This means obtaining all records and developing the medical evidence. You may also have to hire a vocational expert to show that no work exists that you can perform.

Looking for a quick settlement can easily backfire. The insurance company might think you are desperate and will only offer you a small amount. There are no short cuts and each case must be backed up with facts.

To speak with one of our Michigan workers compensation attorneys, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. We can help you settle your case and get back on your feet.

Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years.  Alex has helped countless people obtain workers compensation benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

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