Most insurance firms that cater for workers compensation usually find it hard to compensate a worker in case of injuries or any other negotiated reasons unless they are subjected to a workers compensation litigation. Since this is usually the case, it is then always vital to always know what is entailed on a workers compensation hearing and the processes involved to stay ahead in case something goes amiss.
Where it all starts
You get involved in an injury that is work-related. You can’t work, and your compensation insurance carrier denies compensation. Since you can’t work, you have no money to acquire the necessitated medical treatment.
Hire a worker’s compensation litigation attorney
To stand better chances of being compensated and making the process a bit smoother, hire a worker’s compensation litigation attorney who will file a claim petition and other necessitated petitions for the case which will be assigned to a nearby compensation judge to work on it. The judge is then supposed to provide feedback with a notice of hearing shortly after mailing out a notice of an assignment.
On the day of the hearing
This is specific for every judge, and each judge runs matters uniquely but will rely on petitions and documents forwarded to him/her. In most cases, the petitioner stands a better chance of winning the case if petitions filed clearly evidence everything. Although sometimes the case might fail to settle, giving room for a win for both the worker’s insurance carrier and the employer.
Testifying is usually a must
At the first hearing, testifying is usually a must to let the court know how, when and where you hurt yourself and particulars of your job including your title and what you exactly do. You’ll also be required to explain how the work has affected you. With the help of a well-experienced attorney, he/she might ask questions that will leverage your winning advantage. Write-ups of the court proceedings are also essential in case the judge requires a revisit of the case to help him/her in giving out the final verdict.
Duration of the hearing
The process is usually not easy because it will involve subsequent hearings that will involve any required stakeholders, like a professional medical practitioner helping or required to help on your injury and testimonies from witnesses supporting either side. Keeping tabs straight and working out all necessary requirements before the hearing helps you in standing a better chance of winning.