If you are hurt on the job, you may believe that your worker’s compensation case is going to be handled quickly and resolved without issue. While this happens from time to time, it is not always the case. In many situations, the entire reason behind the delay has nothing to do with your case – but the people representing and handling it.
Some of the main reasons you may find your worker’s compensation case is taking longer than it should include:
The Insurer is Bankrupt
While this is rare, it will put a temporary stop to the majority of cases. While you won’t lose your rights in this situation, you won’t be able to do anything with them for a while.
Your Attorney is Lazy
You can’t do too much about a lazy attorney; however, there is a safety net in these situations. It is referred to as the “black line.” After three years have passed, your lawyer has to provide a reason that they have to go over the status hearings, which occur every 90 days. Some excuses are simple, such as “the client’s still receiving treatment,” or extremely vague, such as “we are trying to get it settled.” In some situations, these excuses can go on for years and years.
If this is the situation you are facing after being hurt on the job, then you need to find a new lawyer who will aggressively handle the case. Reach out to Jacksonville worker’s compensation lawyer for legal advice.
You Have a Complex Case
While most workers compensation cases are not complex, if you have a unique or multiple injuries, it can take a while to get depositions from IME doctors and your treating doctor. Some physicians are not willing to give depositions very often. In fact, many even wait for up to six months. If that happens, then your case has to sit until they make time.
Your Trial is Complex
If you were hurt while traveling out of the country and a witness has to come from Australia, it could take some time to arrange that. If several witnesses have to testify, it can take even longer. In some cases, an interpreter is needed for those witnesses speaking different languages. While all of this is unusual, it can still happen and will result in delays.
While delays are common, if you have a quality, aggressive lawyer, they should not be something you have to worry about. When you are hurt on the job, you need to be able to focus on getting better and not have to worry about whether or not you are going to get the benefits you deserve.
If you have questions or need help with your worker’s compensation case, contact the team of Jacksonville personal injury lawyer’s Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton today.