Were you injured at work? Watch this video to find out why it’s crucial to bring an experienced attorney with you to your workers’ compensation hearing.
Do I have to attend my workers’ compensation hearing?
In meeting with one of my clients the other day, we had filed a workers’ compensation claim because the insurance company had denied his benefits and we were preparing for the first state of the process. In Massachusetts, the first step is a conciliation, where the attorneys meet; the client doesn’t have to be present for that. If it isn’t resolved at that stage, then it’s moved on to an administrative law judge at a conference, an informal process where the attorneys present their side of the claim; the client has to be there, but doesn’t have to speak.
Once that process is done, a decision is given by the judge. If either side doesn’t like that decision, they’ll appeal to a hearing level. The hearing level is a little more formal; it’s kind of like a trial, where there are witnesses, testimony, and cross-examination. The client has to be there – in fact, probably will have to testify at that hearing – but your attorney will advise you along the way as to what you have to show up for and will prep you for what is going to happen.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured during work and have questions about going to your workers’ compensation hearing? Contact a Lowell workers compensation lawyer at The Law Office of Jeffrey A. Young today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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