When Can I Expect My MONEY In My Injury Case?

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March 6  

When can I get paid in my injury case?

Let me tell you a story, there was a guy called me who was under the gun financially after his injury case. So, he wanted to know when he would get paid. Now, his case was a combination of workers comp and car crash case because he's a delivery driver and he got hurt while he was on the clock and somebody else caused the crash. In situations like that, as I explained in my other videos, you have a worker’s comp and a third-party case, and he didn't want to hire a lawyer right away.

Since this client is already kind of tight on money and worried about that and so he wanted to know when I am going to get paid. There's a difference between workers comp and other kinds of cases like car crash, dog bite, nursing home abuse, that kind of stuff. So, in workers comp, in theory, we can get your doctor bills paid as they are billed, and we can get you paid two-thirds of your salary. If you're off work with a doctor's note in workers comp and that means you are getting paid on a regular basis before you even get better before your case is over.

So that's the big difference between workers comp in a third-party case like a car crash you know anything like a fall on property, a dog bite, a nursing home abuse, a medical malpractice and whatever it is in those kinds of cases you will wait until the end. There's no payment as time goes by, there's no payment while you are off work, there's no payment while you're getting medical care, there's no paying your doctor bills as it's incurred like it happens in workers comp in third party.

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There's a lump sum of money at the end of the case and it closes the books on everything in the entire case and it usually happens at the end of the case. It usually happens after you're done going to the doctor, after you get better and you've returned to work and there are some good reasons for that, too.

The reader's digest version of that is you don't want to settle a case until you know what your medical outcome is for example if you have surgery and then you're awesome after the surgery. It's a less valuable case than if you have surgery and then you need another one and you're never quite the same that's a much more valuable case you don't want to settle before you know what your medical outcome is, because otherwise you're leaving money on the table. You may not be able to fund your future surgeries so that's that so that's how it works in workers comp, you get paid as things go that doesn't mean they can't fight it, that doesn't mean they can't cut off your benefits, it doesn't mean we might not need to fight them to get your benefits going in workers comp. But at least there's the possibility of that and in a high percentage of my workers comp cases, I am able to get people TTD and make sure their doctors are getting paid and are happy.

So, I hope that answers your question and if you or a loved one needs a lawyer, please give me a call, you can reach me 24/7 at 312-500-4500.

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