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The Workers Compensation Insurer Is Paying My Benefits, Do I Really Need An Attorney?

| May 17, 2012 | Work Injury, Workers Compensation |

There is the possibility that you don’t need an attorney. However, I have NEVER seen an admitted injury case in my private practice where ALL of the benefits due were properly paid to an injured worker and in a timely fashion! So does it happen or can it happen; theoretically I suppose it can.

Let me give you an example. One of my clients was forced to take his denied injury all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court where his injury was found to be work related. This case is now very famous in Minnesota and you would think the insurance company would be careful to pay all benefits due on a timely basis.

After his former attorney retired I was asked to assist the client with a medical dispute. What I later found out is that many years earlier, the employee underwent surgery to his lumbar spine and bilateral shoulders resulting in a permanent condition necessitating twenty-four hour nursing services.

Despite the fact that he is now permanently and totally disabled after undergoing six surgeries to his shoulders and back for an ADMITTED injury, the insurer never paid ANY permanent partial disability. It was only in reviewing a medical dispute that I discovered this either intentional omission or negligent oversight. This is an error that could have saved the insurance company nearly $100,000.00 at the expense of my client! Having worked for over 15 years for an insurance companies I honestly don’t see how this was an oversight!

There are some very reputable insurance companies and adjusters in this business who will pay a compensable claim without prodding by an employee’s attorney’s like myself. However, there are others that believe in a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. Don’t let yourself be a victim of a lazy adjuster or one practices “don’t ask don’t tell”!

I am happy to review your file to ensure that you are currently being paid every benefit you are entitled to under Minnesota’s Workers Compensation Laws. There is NO FEE for me to review your claim, contact the insurance adjuster and ensure you are receiving the proper the benefits. You will NEVER pay me a retainer or write an attorney fee check to my office. Work comp attorneys are only paid when we assist the injured worker in getting his/her benefits. In some cases the fees are paid entirely by the insurance company who took a gamble in not paying you the benefits you are entitled. Contact attorney Thomas Atkinson and Minnesota Disability today to discuss your case at 651-324-9514 or [email protected]