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Workers Compensation and Accidental Disability Retirement (ADR)
Most people never think about being unable to work or the devastation caused by losing an income. When an unexpected injury or illness happens, your life as you know it changes instantly and possibly forever. You may have to seek benefits you never thought you would need, want or knew existed. Juliane Soprano, a seasoned local Workers Compensation attorney can help navigate the confusing and complicated system.
Injured at work? Why You Need to Hire a Lawyer!
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Feel Like A Victim? Know Your Options.
In the two plus decades of my practice overcoming the stigma of applying for help is one of the biggest hurdles. When clients contact us for the first time we frequently have to reassure them they are not asking for a handout. Benefits such as Workers Compensation and Accidental Disability Retirement (benefits for which injured workers may be eligible) are created by state law, others like Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are paid by the federal government. These benefits were put in place to help you when the unexpected happens.
Some benefits come from employment such as short/long term disability policies purchased through an employer. Paid medical leaves or access to a sick bank may be provided as part of a collective bargaining agreement or other employment contract.
Another common concern we hear is “how can I afford a lawyer?” Like most attorneys, we work on a contingency fee basis in most instances. This means no fees are paid until a settlement is reached or an agreement to pay benefits is received. Additionally, initial consultations are always free of charge. Engaging an attorney early on will lead to a better result because common pitfalls can be avoided. Generally, the other side has an attorney advising them of their rights. Clients who are unrepresented are guessing about what they are entitled to or can request.
Free Consultation. We Are Here To Help.
We always offer a complimentary phone consultation in order to help determine potential claims. Next comes the in-person office conference to devise an immediate action plan. Here we will obtain all the required documentation and finally, commencement of the claim/litigation process if benefits are denied.
If you become injured or ill, we are here to help you, as we have all of our clients over the last 20 years. Please visit our website and see what our clients have to say about our work. We will guide you through the complex and frightening process to find the options that are best for you. Call today.
-Juliane & Staff
Lawyer Category: Workers’ Compensation