Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Why Hire an Attorney? Part II - Dispute Claims

Excerpt from Mark Weissburg's book, How to Win a Workers Compensation Claim in Illinois

Despite the logic of being represented throughout a claim, there are those that won’t hire an attorney until after the claim becomes disputed and they need to go to trial. If your claim is disputed, this decision just became a whole lot easier for you. There is no way a non-lawyer can effectively represent themselves in court. I’ve seen people try, and the results would be laughable if they weren’t so sad. I’ve even seen lawyers who don’t normally practice Workers’ Compensation law give it a shot, only to find out the hard way that it just ain’t that easy. If you are not well versed in Workers’ Compensation law and the rules of evidence, as well as the many rules specific to this area of practice, you need someone who has all that experience to represent you.
Beyond the trial level there is a “review,” an appeal to circuit court, and an appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court. It is even possible to continue on to the Illinois Supreme Court, although that is rare. Your lawyer will get the same contingency fee, even if all these layers of appeal are necessary. It’s the best deal in town. 

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