Sunday, May 10, 2009

I Have An Admitted Injury, Do I Really Need An Attorney?

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! So does it happen or can it happen; theoretically I suppose it can.

Let me give you an example. One of my clients had to fight his case to the Minnesota Supreme Court just to get his injury admitted as a work related injury. This case is now very famous here in Minnesota and you would think with all of the hard work it took to get him his benefits, the insurer would be careful to pay all benefits due on a timely basis.

His former attorney is now retired and 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.

One would think that the insurer would have paid the minimal amount of permanent partial disability owed to this employee who is now permanently and totally disabled. I’m here to tell you that despite paying for five shoulder surgeries and a back surgery, 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.

There are 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 who believe in a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy.

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