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Attorneys Answer: Should I Hire a Philadelphia Workers’ Comp Lawyer?

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Victoria Muñoz
Lead Attorney
April 30, 2024  ·  1 min read
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Navigating a workers' comp claim can quickly get complicated. An attorney can help you through the process by explaining your rights and fighting for the payments and medical care that you're entitled to. To help you understand the benefits of working with a professional, we spoke with a trusted Atticus attorney in Philadelphia.


Why should I hire a Philadelphia workers’ comp attorney?

As explained by Joe Huttemann, a partner at Martin Law:

"Consulting with a workers’ compensation lawyer can provide you the peace of mind that you are being advised of all your rights under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act.

"Contrary to what we see on TV ads, workers’ compensation insurance companies are generally not the ‘good hands people,’ and they are ultimately driven to maximizing their profits, which means providing as little as possible to injured workers. Insurance is not obligated to tell you everything, or for that matter anything, that you are or could be entitled to.

"Researching your legal rights on your own can be overwhelming, at best. When you are injured in a work accident, the uncertainty of your future with an injury can also be overwhelming. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will know exactly what benefits you are entitled to and how to get them.

"The great thing is that an initial consultation with an attorney who represents injured workers is free. Well worth it for the peace of mind associated with an otherwise painful, stressful, and confusing situation."

Atticus tip: Reputable attorneys offer a free consultation and charge no upfront fees. If you're unsure how an attorney could help your claim, reaching out to ask questions won't cost a cent but will save you hours of confusion and frustration.


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Frequently asked questions about workers’ comp lawyers

Do I need a workers’ comp lawyer?

Not everyone needs to work with a lawyer, but a workers’ comp lawyer can especially help if your claim is denied, your medical care is denied, or after you get a settlement offer. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve collected some situations when a workers’ comp lawyer can help.

How much does a workers' comp lawyer cost?

Laws vary by state, but you can generally expect a workers’ comp lawyer fee of between 15% and 33% of your final settlement. That sounds like a lot, but the average settlement with an Atticus lawyer is twice as high as for people who don't have a lawyer. Factor in the additional medical care your lawyer can likely negotiate for you, and in the end you still take home more money by having a lawyer. Learn more about workers' comp lawyer fees.

What does a workers’ comp lawyer do that I can’t?

A local lawyer is well-versed in your state’s laws, so they’ll know how to avoid payment delays, maximize your medical coverage, and negotiate higher payments or a bigger settlement. They can help even if you never get denied or experience a serious issue. Here’s more on what a workers’ comp lawyer actually does.

How to find the best workers’ comp lawyer

There are some key questions you should ask any lawyer before hiring them, like how much they charge, whether they have experience with similar cases, and how they communicate with clients throughout the process. Learn more in our guide to finding a good workers’ comp lawyer.

Can I change my workers’ comp lawyer?

You can fire your workers’ comp lawyer and hire a new one. Talk with your lawyer first, though. You may still have to pay them for some expenses and sometimes issues like slow responses or long wait times are the result of misunderstandings. But if your lawyer just isn’t working out, you have options. Here's more on how and when to fire your workers' comp attorney.

What's the difference between lawyers and attorneys?

The terms lawyer and attorney are mostly interchangeable. Technically the word lawyer could include more legal professionals than just attorneys, but all Atticus workers’ comp lawyers are also attorneys who can legally represent clients. Most state bar websites also have a feature that allows you to confirm an attorney's credentials by searching their name or bar number. A reputable lawyer will provide their bar number upon request.


Related resources:

5 Common Questions About Workers’ Comp Lawyers

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How Much a Workers’ Comp Lawyer Costs in Every State

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A drawing of the lead workers' compensation lawyer for Atticus.

Victoria Muñoz

Lead Attorney

Victoria Muñoz is an attorney on Atticus’s Workers' Compensation team. She’s a licensed attorney, a graduate of Stanford Law School, and has counseled hundreds of people seeking workers' compensation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her pup.
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