Most Florida worker's compensation lawyers will agree: most of their new clients contact them because of the frustration and aggravation of dealing with the facts of the Florida worker's compensation system. "I once had a client blow out his knee on the job, I mean swelling like a grapefruit, and he was told he couldn't have the MRI that his doctor prescribed for him because it was too soon after the accident date" says Florida worker's compensation attorney Joseph M. Maus. Maus says you will come across good adjustors that truly want to help the injured worker get back to work as soon as possible, and others that seem determined to delay providing any benefits at all, hoping the injured worker will just go away.
Think Before You Settle
Many of Florida's worker's compensation cases will settle for a lump sum of money after the worker has received medical care. While some of these injured workers have completed their care, Maus says many of the people settling their claims are just too frustrated and aggravated to stay in the system. "They would rather take control of their own lives than have some adjustor that doesn't even know them making decisions that can drastically affect their quality of life". Maus recommends contacting an experienced Florida lawyer who knows the facts about worker's compensation to discuss your options at the beginning of your claim. Even if you don't retain the attorney, you can gain valuable information about what rights you do have through worker's compensation
Things To Look Out For When Hiring An Attorney
Maus says most Florida worker's compensation lawyers will handle cases on a contingent basis, meaning you don't pay anything unless your case gets settled. He says to look out for the attorneys that want to take a percentage of your weekly wage checks, in addition to a percentage of any settlement you may obtain. "The facts are that worker's compensation checks are already small enough (remember 66 2/3%) without the attorney taking a percentage of the check." With all the obstacles you face in Florida's worker's compensation laws, you need an attorney that is going to look out for your best interests.
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