Personal injury attorneys nearly always give a free initial consultation.
The insurance industry’s own statistics indicate that once an attorney becomes involved, the value of any claim at least doubles.
Put those two facts together and it is in your best interest to retain experienced legal counsel at your earliest possible convenience.
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It depends. When you're injured at work and receive workers' comp benefits, the insurance company is not obligated to offer you a settlement. And if they do, they offer will most likely be a low one. They probably aren't going to take you seriously. The best way to get an idea of what to expect (and the best way to get a fair settlement, in my opinion), is to sit down with an experienced Chicago workers' compensation attorney. They will have the most relevant experience and be able to offer the most useful advice. If you have any other questions, or if you need a referral, please feel free to give me a call. 1-312-346-5320. Good luck.
It depends. Often, this would be the perfect time to settle. However, if you do not have a lawyer, do not expect anything. Many insurers will allow you to twist in the wind and/or "blow" the statute of limitations.
I strongly urge you to hire a lawyer to move your case along and protect your rights. He or she can probably answer most of your questions.
I would be more firm in insisting you see an attorney and get your workers' compensation advice based on a solid understanding by the attorney of the background. Now would be the time to initiate settlement negotiations, but whether your case can be settled promptly depends on many factors, including the insurance company, perhaps even the particular adjuster assigned, the law firm retained by the insurer, your own attorney's diligence, . . . I would not handle this case for you, but have an excellent relationship with a workers' compensation attorney in your area. I would be pleased to hear from you. Concerning social security, start by visiting a social security office. Depending on what you find out, your next step would be to speak with a social security attorney.