How Much Is My Workers' Compensation Case Really Worth?

    If you have been hurt while working on the job, you may be pursuing a workers' compensation claim, or at least considering one. Section 440.015, Florida Statutes , says that workers' compensation law is meant to "assure quick and efficient delivery of disability and medical benefits to an injured worker and to facilitate the worker's return to gainful reemployment at a reasonable cost to the employer." But what does that really mean to your complex workers' comp case? There's one question you may find yourself asking: "How much is my workers' comp case really worth?"

The Factors Behind the Value

    The problem is that there's no real easy answer to that question. No lawyer can promise you a definite amount of what your case is worth, but there are many factors that go into the value of a workers' comp case. There are a few things to consider, which might help give you an idea of the direction the value of your case is heading.

   An experienced workers' compensation lawyer is going to look at a few criteria to determine the value of your case:
  • Your age
  • Your education level
  • Your personal injuries
  • The likelihood that you'll physically and psychologically recover
  • The estimated cost of future medical care and treatment if your injuries continue
  • How much you earned at your job
  • Your overall work history
There are individuals and entities other than yourself that an experienced workers' compensation attorney should be aware and familiar with:
  • The insurance company itself that the claim is with
  • A claims adjuster
  • Any defense attorneys
  • Compulsory medical examiners (CME)
  • Expert medical advisors (EMA)
  • And Judges of Compensation Claims (JCCs).
    Workers' compensation insurance companies aim to provide the minimum medical care and a certain amount of lost wages to you for your claim. That's why they may send you to one of the individuals and entities above, such as the CME and EMA, to evaluate whether your physical condition is as severe as you say it is.

   No matter the value of your worker's compensation claim, there are laws which place limits on the legal fees that an attorney can collect for representing your case.

Consulting With a Workers' Compensation Lawyer

   If you really want to know the value of your workers' compensation settlement, then you may want to consider consulting with an experienced lawyer for workers' compensation. Your attorney should treat your case as if it's going to litigation. By preparing witnesses and taking depositions of doctors and all medical experts related to your case, an attorney should be able to help prepare you for the possibility of your case going to trial.

   Also, an insurance company may attempt to approach you with a small settlement, hoping that you're desperate enough to accept it. You may want to consider avoiding those attempts and talk to an experienced workers' compensation lawyer first. They may be able to help you prepare what you need for your case and give you a better understanding of what your workers' compensation case is really worth.


Call 407.648.4940 or contact Coye Law Firm today for a free, private strategy session about your case.

The expert injury attorneys at Coye Law Firm are experienced with Florida, New York, Michigan, and District of Columbia law and are here to help the injured.


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