Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist lawyer Mark R. Schmidt resolved the claim of a 29 year old cable technician
Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist lawyer Mark R. Schmidt resolved the claim of a 29 year old cable technician injured in a car accident while traveling between customer locations. The injured worker was disabled for approximately 1 month, and had undergone a brief course of physical therapy. The insurance company denied his claim, alleging he did not suffer any injuries. Thinking it was a “small claim” that he could handle himself, the claimant filed his own petition, and tried to fight the insurance company on his own. At the time of the first hearing, and the numerous requests the insurance company’s lawyer made (to obtain a Defense Medical Exam; to secure “discoverable” medical and work history records etc.) the claimant realized the procedure is more complicated than it seemed. The Judge allowed him time to find an attorney – but claimant was concerned the claim was so small many attorneys may not see a “big enough fee” to want to get involved.
Claimant was eventually referred to attorney Schmidt, who assured him that the amount of fee involved was not a factor in his consideration. When an injured worker has a valid claim – they should be able to be represented, even if the case is “small”. Schmidt accepted the case, and fought the insurance company. By the time all evidence was presented, the insurance carrier realized they had little to no chance of success – and offered to even pay attorney Schmidt’s fee – over and above the claimant’ benefits – if they could end the litigation quickly. Since claimant was fighting to ensure his medical bills were all paid – and he was not even responsible to pay his own lawyer’s fee – it was an easy decision to make.
Insurance companies OFTEN deny even the smallest claims – knowing many attorneys simply won’t accept such cases – and the complicated procedures all but ensure a “lay person” can not handle it on their own. The complexities are exactly the reason why the Bar Association has created a Specialty Certification for Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. At Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, we sincerely believe every injured person has the RIGHT to be represented by an experienced attorney – even if there may be NO fee to recover. We believe in “doing the right thing”. If you have been injured at work – call us for a Free, no obligation consultation to learn your rights and options, at 610-892-9300, or online at www.PAhurtatwork.com or www.SKR.legal