Imagine being at work, doing the job you do on a daily basis when something happens and you become injured. Your first thought is how you’re going to pay your bills if you cannot work for months. Then you wonder if your injury will make you disabled. What happens to your family? You have a car payment; you have a mortgage or rent, not to mention your utilities. The accident isn’t your fault and you aren’t blaming the company either, but you know that during your recovery you will need money.
You decide to see how much a Riverside Worker’s Compensation Lawyer can possibly help you. They may recommend that you resolve your case by a “Stipulation of Findings and Award”. This simply means that after both you and the company you work for agree that you will need continuing medical care and that you would like to keep your ability to continue receiving future medical benefits open.
Alternatively, your Riverside Worker’s Compensation Lawyer may suggest that you resolve your case through “Compromise and Release”, which means that you will receive full settlement for your injuries, including present and future medical care. You will receive your monies upfront and in full in one lump sum.
But your Riverside Worker’s Compensation Lawyer will inform you that you will give up your right to any future medical benefits related to your work place injury. You will be receiving a larger sum of money, but at the cost of receiving any further health care benefits. Your Riverside Worker’s Compensation Lawyer will advise you which choice is better dependent on your injuries and your future ability to return to work at a later date or whether you are permanently disabled.
Your Riverside Worker’s Compensation Lawyer will not receive any payment unless you win your case. If you do win your case, your lawyer will be entitled to 9-12% of the amount you are awarded. If you are terminated from your job because of your injury or discriminated by your employer because of your injury, you may be awarded up to $10,000 maximum with an upwards amount of $250,000 plus costs, reinstatement of your job and possibly lost wages. Your Riverside Worker’s Compensation Lawyer will help you decide what course to take and how to proceed and informing you on whether you have a case or not.