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Why Do You Want an Attorney to Represent You at a Workers’ Compensation Hearing?

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

Why You Want an Attorney with You at the Workers’ Compensation Hearing

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.



About The Author

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Michael Serres, ESQ.

Michael Serres, ESQ. is a reputed Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Astoria, Queens, NY. He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Serres was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1990 and is admitted in the Federal District Courts for the Southern and the Eastern Districts of New York. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Compensation Bar Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Queens County Bar Association.