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Workers Compensation: Your Safety Net


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Workers Compensation: Your Safety Net

You put your heart and soul into your job, so it seems only fair that you should be protected from harm while you’re there. Most good employers do go out of their way to provide safety training and equipment to keep their workers safe and protected from any hazards. Federal agencies, like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also have standards in place for employers to follow to keep their workers safe. However, sometimes accidents happen anyway, and when they do, workers compensation is meant to be your safety net. Most of the time, if you follow your company’s procedures for filing a workers compensation claim, you’ll be paid with no trouble. However, I know from experience that it isn’t always that easy. I started this blog to help you learn what to do when your company or their insurance company denies your workers compensation claim.

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How To Resolve A Car Accident Case Without Going To Trial

Car accident cases are most often resolved with a settlement. However, if you are in the middle of settlement negotiations and you are not able to reach a settlement, you might wonder if you should still go to trial. However, there are many reasons why a trial is often used only as a last resort.

A Trial Can Take a Long Time

Trials take a very long time to be resolved. You will need to go through several stages before the trial can even begin such as the discovery process. Courts are also backlogged and you may not see a trial for over a year. 

You're Not Guaranteed a Win

Because the whole process can be expensive, you may end up in a worse financial situation if you do not win your case. Trials are more expensive because of all the things that a car accident lawyer needs to do to prepare for a trial. This includes interviewing witnesses, writing motions and briefs, and doing research. All of this costs money.

Cases Can Be Settled with an Alternative Dispute Resolution

Fortunately, there is a third approach you can take if you are not able to settle out of court. You could turn to an alternative dispute resolution. A mediator can help you throughout this process by remaining neutral and helping each party feel like they are heard. 

What to Expect

The mediator does not make any decisions during mediation but they will give their feedback after they are done with listening to both sides and giving each party a chance to speak. Then, each side will be given the pros and cons of each side and will also bring up concerns you might not have considered.

Arbitration Services

If you would rather that the third party have decision-making powers, you might choose arbitration instead. Under these circumstances, the arbitrator will issue a ruling. You have the option of having the ruling be binding or non-binding.

Car Accident Legal Services

Before choosing to work with a third-party arbitration service, you will want to speak with a car accident lawyer and you may even want to have a lawyer represent you throughout the arbitration service. They will investigate your accident to gather evidence that can be used to prove that the other party is at fault.

They will help you calculate the damages you have suffered so that you can then receive full compensation for your injuries. Like in a courtroom, your attorney will present a compelling case so that you can receive full compensation.

To learn more, contact a car accident lawyer in your area.