Why Do You Want an Attorney to Represent You at a Workers’ Compensation Hearing?
You’ve been hurt on the job. You’ve notified your employer and been examined by a doctor chosen by the workers’ compensation insurance company. Now a hearing has been scheduled. You haven’t hired an attorney because it seemed like such an open and shut case…and it still feels that way. Should you simply go to the hearing, tell the truth and expect that the judge will rule in your favor? Absolutely not!! There are many good reasons why you want an experienced lawyer to be your advocate at a workers’ compensation hearing.
The Workers’ Compensation Insurer Will Be Represented by Counsel
You can be certain that the workers’ compensation insurance provider will have an attorney present for the hearing. That attorney may have handled hundreds of similar cases and will likely know a number of different ways to put your claim into question. Without the benefit of your own counsel, you may be examined (questioned) by the attorney, with no one to object if the attorney asks inappropriate questions.
You Need to Make Certain that the Judge Has All Accurate Information
There are many issues that need to be clarified at a workers’ compensation hearing. An attorney will make certain that:
- Your average weekly wage prior to your injury is correctly established, so that you get the maximum award to which you are entitled under the law
- The claim addresses all parts of the body to which you have suffered an injury
- Any required treatment, including surgical procedures and prescriptions, are authorized
Experienced Workers Compensation Attorneys in New York
At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Queens and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.
To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.