Clients often ask, “How much is my case worth?” or, “How much can I get in a workers’ compensation settlement?” This often determines whether clients decide to settle, go to a hearing, or risk a workers’ compensation trial. The amount that your case is worth depends on a few different factors. Beware of Minnesota workers’ compensation attorneys who try to tell you exactly how much your claim is worth because it’s impossible. At Meuser Law Office, P.A. we give clients an estimate of what they can hope to recover in a settlement, based on each individual’s injuries, average weekly wage, future earning potential, and permanency.
While you work comp case is in process, there are some things you can do as an injured worker to increase or maintain the value of your claim.
- Don’t miss a scheduled Independent Medical Exam or (IME). If you miss an IME, you can hurt your claim. For example, you can be charged by the insurance company for the doctor’s no-show fee which can run around $600.00. If you are five minutes late to an IME, they can also charge you for the cancellation fee. If you run into an emergency where you are unable to attend the appointment, then call your workers’ compensation attorney right away to let them know.