If you have suffered an injury on the job, you may be considering filing a workers' compensation claim. The process is often complex and confusing, especially for those filing for the first time. Any errors made during the filing process can result in your financial benefits being delayed or denied. Your best option to pursue a successful workers' compensation case is to hire an experienced attorney.
There are many law firms that charge expensive upfront fees for their legal services. What many injured workers may not realize is that hiring a workers' compensation attorney is actually affordable, as long as they operate on a contingency fee basis.
What is a contingency fee?
A contingency fee is a percentage an attorney takes from your overall financial settlement. Obtaining documents and litigating your case can be costly, and your attorney must be paid for the legal services provided. With contingency fees, you only pay for your attorney's services if your case is won.
This will not necessarily affect how much you are compensated. For example, if you're out of work for three months for an injury, your attorney will fight to help you get compensated for every dollar owed to you in medical expenses and lost wages. The percentage that your attorney is paid is factored into your final settlement.
It's important to be aware that there are some legal expenses that are not covered in a contingency fee plan. These usually include court costs and filing fees that aren't directly associated with the legal services offered by your attorney.
Will I have to pay for my case evaluation?
At O'Malley & Langan Law Offices, our case evaluations are confidential and free of charge. During your initial consultation, we'll review the details surrounding your workplace injury. We'll also ask about the cause of your injury, the type of injury you sustained, the diagnosis you received from a doctor, and the type of treatment you are receiving for your injuries.
Pennsylvania is a no-fault workers' compensation state. That means that your attorney doesn't have to prove that negligence led to your workplace injury. There is a burden of proof that your injury occurred within the scope of your employment. This can be proven by notifying your employer and ensuring that an incident report is documented. You can further support your claim by taking pictures of the accident scene and exchanging contact information with witnesses.
Contact our Pennsylvania law firm for help with your workers' compensation claim
The attorneys at O'Malley & Langan Law Offices understand the financial challenges injured workers go through. Not only are you dealing with overwhelming medical costs, but you're also out of work and unable to collect a paycheck. We will ensure that you get the right legal representation and medical care without any upfront costs. Your focus should only be on your recovery.
We have been serving clients in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. Our law offices are conveniently located in Scranton, Pittson, and Towanda. Contact us online today to get started on your claim.