Many times, people come to us after having already completed treatment and therefore are at the final stages of their claim. In some instances, the adjuster has already offered them a settlement, and they want to know whether their case is actually worth more money if they get an attorney involved. While every case is different, there are a few things that we look for as attorneys that can potentially increase the value of a claim. Impairment ratings can give a general idea of value of a claim, but in many situations these ratings can be increased where the injured worker is not able to go back similar employment. Another aggravating factor that may increase the value of a claim is whether or not the person was terminated from employment due to their work related injury. If so, this creates a rebuttable presumption of permanent and total disability. Other issues that can impact the value of a claim are if any TTD or PPD benefits are still owed, and whether or not the person has any unpaid medical bills. Finally, another factor that can drive up the value of a claim is potential future medical needs. For example, if an adjuster is offering a settlement to you, yet a doctor is saying that you may need further surgery, that is an additional expense that should be considered in the amount of the settlement. Overall, it is critical to have an attorney who is skilled in workers compensation review the pros and cons of your case with you at no cost for an initial consultation.
Caroline Scott Hommell
If your case is ready to be settled or if you have an offer from an adjuster, please feel free to call our office at 601-948-8005 for a free consultation or go to our website. If you have a good offer, we will be honest and tell you so. If not, we will help you figure out your best options to be compensated fairly.