In most work injury cases, the injured worker’s attorney and the representatives from the workers’ compensation insurance provider negotiate a settlement for past wages, medical bills, and any other benefits you may be eligible for.
In a small percentage of cases, where the insurance company and the lawyer representing the injured worker cannot come to an agreement, the case will go to a hearing.
Purpose of a Workers’ Compensation Hearing
The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether the injured worker is eligible for work comp benefits.
Both sides (the injured worker and the insurance company denying their benefits) present their evidence to a work comp judge who will decide whether or not the requested benefits should be awarded to the injured worker.
Process of a Workers’ Compensation Hearing
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While it’s not required, it is certainly suggested that you have an attorney for the hearing.
Before the hearing, both sides will typically exchange whatever evidence they are bringing to the hearing.
The hearing is overseen by a workers’ comp judge; there is not a jury present.
When you have the workers’ compensation lawyers at Arechigo & Stokka on your side we will help you prepare for, and successfully work through your workers’ compensation hearing.
Evidence that will Be Introduced at a Work Comp Hearing
The judge will then make a ruling within 60 days of the hearing.
Outcomes of a Workers’ Compensation Hearing
After the hearing either you will have been granted the benefits that you requested, or if they were again denied, then we can work towards filing an appeal.
Free Consultation for Injured Workers
Only a small percentage of work injury claims go all the way to the point of having a hearing.
You do not have to wait until the point of the hearing to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer.
You can hire an attorney to help you through the entire process.
This can often put you in a much better position to negotiate a favorable settlement before the need for a hearing even arises.
It costs $0.00 to hire a work comp lawyer to represent you.
We are paid a percentage of the recovery we secure on your behalf, so if you do not win, you pay nothing.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your options and the benefits that may be available to you.