How To Maximize Your Settlement Under Workers’ Compensation
When you are fighting for your benefits after being injured in a workplace accident, it can feel overwhelming to do it all. This is normal. After all, you are fighting for your rights and no one wants to give them to you without any effort! It is to your benefit that you maximize the amount of settlement you receive and this can happen only if you are smart from Day 1.
Learn more about what you can do to make sure that you get maximum compensation.
Are You Getting Your Disability Checked?
This is the first thing you have to make sure about. Getting your disability checked after you have been injured in a workplace accident is crucial to get started as soon as possible. You will usually have to get this done every week. Chances are high that the insurance company will want to settle with you if they are already cutting you a check every week. So try and do it soon to make sure that your compensation is the maximum.
Weekly Wage Calculation
This is something you have to do and you should get the help of your lawyer to do so. You must spend time carefully calculating your weekly wages and this must include any overtime work you have done in the past as well as different shifts and so on. You should also have a look at how much your co-workers are getting paid weekly.
All this is to be done to ensure that your weekly disability check is the maximum possible. This way, your settlement is also going to be big.
Make sure that you report to the insurance company all your added injuries. For example, if you had neck pain before the accident happened, and it increased the pain, you must make sure you get a doctor’s report on that. Or you may be taking a lot of drugs to help you with your pain and this can give you the health problems like insomnia or something else.
All this should be included in reports so that the maximum compensation is something your insurance company has to pay. When you have proof about them, any effects the workplace accident has had on your mental and physical health, your settlement will be more.
Are You Getting Pain Management Care or Mental Trauma Therapy?
The reason for this question is that both of them can be good news for your settlement amount. Pain management care is something that can be expensive and also may not have an end date. If you start getting it, chances are that your settlement amount will be large. Same with mental trauma therapy. You can prove by medical reports that you need mental trauma therapy in the aftermath of the accident.
There are many smart ways you can go about increasing your settlement amount. To do all this and more, it is however best to talk to an attorney who is well-versed in workers’ comp settlements.