I’ve Been Very Badly Hurt – Do I need an Attorney?
Just because we are workers comp attorneys doesn’t mean we’ll take your case
Since we are in the business of representing injured workers, you may think that we would push you to hire us, but that’s never the case. In fact, we take pride in being objective with anyone who consults us. We assess their case and give them the reasons they may want to hire us or tell them flat out that they don’t need us, if that’s the case.
You don’t need an attorney if you’ve been offered a fair settlement
Many injured workers call us and tell us that they’ve been offered a settlement and the settlement is a fair one. We tell those workers that we cannot do anything to help them. We do this at least a couple of times a day.
Significant injuries may warrant future medical coverage
Many other injured workers can use our services, especially those who suffer significant work injuries. With significant work injuries, injured workers will oftentimes have future medical needs that need to be addressed in the settlement.
Under the Indiana Workers Compensation law, injured workers can receive future medical coverage as part of their case, if they negotiate and receive a written agreement to cover the future medical, and the agreement is approved/signed by the judge. To receive an award of future medical care, it is not enough to simply feel that you need future medical care or ask for future medical care, but you need to prove your case. To prove your case, you must prove to a judge that you will have future medical needs to “limit or reduce your impairment.” This is lawyer talk for simply saying that a credible doctor needs to outline the likelihood of future medical needs due to the work accident.
Those with significant or catastrophic work injuries oftentimes are the ones that need the most help. It is easy to think that you will be taken care of, that you will not need an attorney, and that an attorney will just take a fee and not provide you with a service. These thoughts have some merit, but most of the time if you hire an attorney who knows what he or she is doing, the attorney will add value to your case.
Work injury attorney fees
It’s important to note that workers compensation attorney fees are regulated by Indiana law. At Klezmer Maudlin our fees are significantly less than that charged in personal injury type cases. We do not charge 33 1/3% or 40%, but our fee is limited to no more than 20% of the recovery.
We have offices throughout the state including Evansville, Indianapolis, Lafayette, New Harmony, Jeffersonville, or South Bend. Even if you live somewhere else, we can easily help you remotely from any of our offices.