There are tons of reasons people hesitate to reach out to a lawyer when injured on the job, ranging from pride to not wanting to potentially rock the boat at work. However, if you’ve been injured while at work, it’s always a good idea to speak to an expert about all your options. That’s exactly what the experts at The Advocates Injury Attorneys are here to do.
Serving all of the state of Washington, The Advocates know how to fight for you and equip you with the knowledge needed to make the best decision for you.
“Workers’ compensation varies from state to state, but I think it’s deceptively complex,” said Trevor Sanders, an attorney with The Advocates. “We can give you peace of mind. We can interpret what is going on and translate it for you.”
Sanders said he primarily is hired by blue-collar workers, people who “fall off ladders or get hurt on construction sites.”
“They’re smart, but they don’t know the ins and outs of the American workers’ compensation law,” Sanders said. “A lot of time, they get claim notices or things sent to their house. They see after getting off from work, and they just get overwhelmed by it.”
Sanders said one reason people should reach out to lawyers if they get hurt on the job is to get someone on their side to combat the insurance agency.
“We can give you peace of mind & can help with your settlement.”
—Trevor Sanders, The Advocates
“It’s foolish to believe insurance carriers are going to always do things by the book without pushback,” Sanders said.
He said he’s seen insurance agencies offer settlements that can double or triple after they bring in a lawyer to help with the case.
“They respond to risk,” Sanders said. “If you’re an injured worker and don’t have knowledge on how to build your case to show risk, your settlement is going to be smaller. That’s where bringing us in can help increase the size of the settlement.”
So, if you get hurt on the job, when should you reach out to a lawyer? Sanders said it never hurts to do so right away, even if there’s nothing they can do to help at that time.
“Most of the time, I can’t legally help them until they’ve been denied something, like coverage for surgery or lost wages,” Sanders said. “But, if we talk early on, I can at least point the ship in the right direction and give some advice, so they have a bit more knowledge.”
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