You might assume you’ll automatically receive worker’s compensation pay if you suffered an on-the-job injury. However, insurance companies will often employ a defense attorney to try and poke holes through your case to reduce the amount they need to pay — or, in their ideal world, not pay anything.
What Tactics Do Defense Attorneys Use In Workers Compensation Cases?
Once you’ve been injured on the job, it’s essential to understand what tactics an insurance company and their legal team will use to try and reduce your settlement amount, so you can avoid giving them any ammunition.
First, an insurance company may try to call you to go over what occurred that caused the injury you’re claiming worker’s compensation for. It’s best to not talk to them without a lawyer of your own, or if you do, say very little. For example, the insurance adjuster will likely try to get you to admit you contributed to the injury by either not wearing the proper safety gear or that you were distracted.
Next, the defense attorney on your case will try to comb through your past medical records to show your injury existed before the event you claim caused it.
Finally, the defense attorney will try to delay your case being resolved or going to court. The hope is that if they continue to delay the case, the injured worker will be desperate for money to pay for medical bills and compensation for lost wages and that the worker will agree to a lesser settlement.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured At Work?
If you’ve been injured on the job, first and most importantly, seek medical attention. Once your injuries are stable, contact the Knox Law Center right away.
Our experienced legal team can help you navigate the paperwork you must file to receive worker’s compensation, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and start prepping a strong, robust case if we need to go to court. In addition, we offer complimentary consultations to help you get the legal representation you deserve.