Do You Really Need A Workers Comp Attorney In California? Let’s Be Honest


It seems like everyone unanimously agrees that you need a workers comp attorney, but have you ever wondered why? How can an attorney actually help you obtain workers comp benefits for your on-the-job injuries or illness?

And what better way to answer these questions than to ask a lawyer? That is why we invited our Los Angeles on-the-job injury attorney from the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach.

So, how can an attorney help you in a workers comp case?

While it is clear that the purpose of hiring a workers comp attorney is to “win” the case, the vast majority of injured workers have no idea what it takes to achieve that goal. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the things a workers comp attorney can do to help you win:

  • Protect your rights;
  • Preserve evidence proving that the injury or illness is job-related;
  • Craft a legal strategy and prepare you for all potential defenses;
  • Represent you in your best interests;
  • Attend meetings and negotiations on your behalf;
  • Speak to insurance companies and claims administrator on your behalf;
  • Collect information to support your workers comp claim;
  • Be your advocate before a workers comp judge at hearings; and
  • Investigate what additional benefits may be available in your particular case.

What about the attorney fees in workers compensation cases?

Top law firms in California such as the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach charge their clients after winning the workers comp claim and obtaining benefits on their behalf. After a case has been settled, a certain amount of attorney fees will be taken out of your workers comp benefits once you have received a settlement or verdict. Usually, the attorney fee has to be approved by a workers comp judge.

Do I really need a workers compensation lawyer?

While it may seem that you are capable of representing yourself and do not need an attorney by your side, do not be mistaken. While you may be able to successfully obtain workers comp benefits when these benefits are insignificant and/or your employer is willing to cooperate, you need an experienced on-the-job injury lawyer in Los Angeles, North Hollywood, and elsewhere in California if:

  • The employer, insurance company, and/or the claims administrator is unwilling to handle your claim and investigate it fairly, or delays investigation and withholds benefits;
  • You have a permanent disability as a result of a job-related injury or illness;
  • You are not sure how to properly calculate the value of your workers compensation claim; or
  • You need legal help because you are not sure how to proceed with your claim to recover the maximum amount of workers comp benefits.

What are the possible drawbacks of being represented by an attorney?

Let’s be honest, there are drawbacks to pretty much anything, and hiring an attorney for your workers compensation claim is no exception. Many people are frustrated over the attorney fees, but you have to understand that skilled attorneys do not charge fees unless they win the case. Also, do not forget that when people are represented by a Los Angeles on-the-job injury attorney, they usually maximize the value of their claim as their lawyers look into other available sources and benefits.

Contact the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach to investigate your particular case today. Schedule a free consultation by calling at 818-609-7005 or complete this contact form. Find out about other benefits of hiring a workers comp attorney.

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