Is It Common to Have an Attorney Involved in a Workers’ Compensation Case?
When suffering from a work-related injury, people often wonder whether they should consult with a workers' compensation attorney. The complexities involved with the workers' compensation process are reasons that many people seek legal help. Legal guidance can ensure they receive adequate benefits to cover their lost wages and medical costs.
Statistics reported by the California Workers' Compensation Institute (CWC) — based on the analysis of closed and resolved work injury claims caused by statewide accidents during the period of 2005 through 2010 — showed that 80 percent of permanent disability claimants used lawyers to handle their claims. An estimated 38 percent of claimants filing lost time claims used legal counsel and the overall percentage of claims filed, which included medical only cases, was 11.6 percent. The greater the severity of the injury, the greater the likelihood of legal representation was retained.
During this time period, payments were as follows:
- Temporary or permanent disability claims payments totaled $7.6 billion
- Of these payments, $7.1 billion were for medical and indemnity benefits and $523 million were for allocated loss adjustment expenses
The statewide attorney involvement rate for closed and resolved indemnity claims was 38 percent. However, law firm involvement in the Los Angeles Basin ranked higher than state levels at 46 percent. The percentage was also above the statewide figure in Orange County and Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, and the Inland Empire.
An initial consultation with a workers' compensation lawyer is free. You can get answers to your questions and skilled guidance for pursuing a successful claim.