Whether you have been hurt on the job in Rockland County, injured in Westchester, Orange or NYC and live in Rockland County, or just simply hurt at work in the State of New York, you should have filed a workers** compensation claim. If that is the case, you are most likely anxious about your finances, your health and even the long-term effects on your ability to work and support your family. You may feel that the insurance companies will treat you fairly and that they will be just. As a result, you may not consider hiring an attorney. In a perfect world, this would be the case.
Sadly, the truth can be very ugly! Your employer wants to minimize their worker's compensation premium and the insurance company wants to maximize their profits. They will always have an attorney working for them who is paid to help the insurance company achieve their goals, not do what is fair or just for you, the injured worker.
For the insurance carriers, the goal is damage control and to pay as little as possible. The cold hard truth is that you are seen as a case number, not as a disabled person struggling to support their family. Often, injured workers have their benefits cut to a level that no one can support a family on, especially in Rockland County, NY and NYC! Sometimes this is done with little or no warning. The insurance companies know that a certain percentage of claimants will give up for financial reasons. Some claimants will no longer be able to afford to continue to stand up for their rights, resulting in claimants accepting low settlements just to be able to climb out of their financial hole.
Dan Wugman started his career working for a law firm that represents insurance companies in defending worker's compensation cases. He knows the strategies they utilize on the victims of workplace injuries, hearing loss, long-term illnesses due to workplace conditions, as well as health problems arising from occupational exposure. Wugman & Wugman, P.C. plan for this, enabling them to prepare to defend and protect your rights at every step.
Hiring a workers compensation attorney should be the first thing you do if you have filed a worker's compensation claim. Unlike most other areas of legal representation in New York State, worker's compensation attorneys who represent claimants before the Workers' Compensation Board are not permitted to charge their client directly for their services. Workers' Compensation attorneys may only recover a fee as a lien on awards of compensation after approval by a Workers' Compensation Law Judge at a hearing. In other words, if there is a productive and successful representation and an award of compensation benefits is made to the claimant, the attorney may be awarded a fee that is deducted from the claimant's compensation award.
In general, the Board follows the rule that no attorney's fee is awarded unless the award made at the hearing results in additional money moving to the claimant above the amount already paid voluntarily by the carrier. That means that the workers compensation attorney only gets paid a percentage of the additional monies they obtain for their clients over and above what they would have received on their own. From a financial point of view, you have nothing to lose. If your attorney cannot get you additional money, then your attorney is working for free. From an emotional as well as financial vantage, you have everything to gain.
The insurance company's lawyer is going to do everything in their power to minimize their client's exposure. The doctor hired by the insurance company to review your case works for them, not for you! A first-class worker's compensation attorney knows how to counter the insurance company lawyer's strategy and knows how to challenge the medical opinions that he or she feels are incorrect. They will protect your rights while aggressively advocating for you. We feel that Wugman & Wugman are Rockland County's premier workers compensation attorneys.
If you have suffered from a workplace injury, long-term illness, hearing loss or occupational condition due to exposure to a hazardous condition at the workplace, call Wugman & Wugman, P.C. For a free, no-obligation consultation and to review your case, unique situation and legal options, call (845) 499-2232. Wugman & Wugman, P.C. is located at 151 North Main Street, Suite 300, New City, NY 10956.