Maximize and Protect your Workers' Compensation Benefits

We here at Vincent Criscuolo and Associates get calls all the time from folks who suffered work injuries months or even years ago and never contacted an attorney. Not calling an experienced lawyer right away is the number one mistake injured workers can make. Our attorneys and staff handle workers’ comp cases day in and day out and will maximize your chances for success from the very beginning of your claim. From day one, our dedicated attorneys and staff will work to have the Board correctly and favorably calculate your pre-injury average weekly wage and recognize the true extent of your injuries. Far from being based on simple math, the law includes complicated ways that insurance carriers will exploit to keep payouts low. Your average weekly wage will play a huge role in determining every cash payment you get throughout your entire claim. Injured workers who go it alone can easily get stuck with an unfairly low average weekly wage. What if you have two jobs? What if you took unpaid vacation or sick time during the year before your injury that makes it look like you earned less than usual? What if you work full time over four days per week making it look like you are only a part-time worker? By calling our experienced law office, you can gain confidence that the insurance carrier is paying you fairly. Another immediate issue to address is asking the Board to recognize and establish all of your injuries and conditions. While this may seem easy, we see cases all the time where insurance companies won't pay for treatment because the Board did not address all injuries. What if your doctor didn't document all of your injuries? What if you didn't raise a problem right away with your doctor because you were "toughing it out" hoping it would go away on its own? Our experienced attorneys and staff will work with you to ensure that you make your claims promptly and properly. Don’t let yourself or a loved one make a mistake with a workers' compensation claim. Call us right away after your injury. Don’t wait! Your health and livelihood may depend on it.


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When do You Need an Attorney?

If any of the following are true, you should retain an attorney as soon as possible:


  • Your workplace injuries are severe enough to require surgery.
  • Your workplace injuries are moderate to severe. If you and your doctor believe your health won't return to the condition it was prior to your injury, you may be entitled to a “permanent partial disability” award.
  • You believe you are no longer able to work on a regular basis in any job.
  • You believe you cannot go back to work at your current job, but believe you could work in some capacity.
  • You have significant pre-existing disabilities.
  • You would like to dispute an adverse decision made by your employer, your employer’s insurance company, or your state's workers' comp division regarding your workers’ compensation claim.
  • You believe you are not receiving the correct benefits, or wonder if there are additional benefits you could receive.
  • Your medical benefits are denied.
  • Your employer has disputed a decision made by your state workers' comp division.
  • You do not understand the workers' comp process and would feel more comfortable if an expert were representing your interests.
Regardless of the circumstances of your workers’ compensation claim, you are entitled to obtain an attorney. If your injuries are severe enough that your life will be permanently altered, either because of permanent bodily impairment or a change in ability to work, a workers' compensation lawyer will be able to advocate on your behalf to ensure that you receive the medical care and workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to. In addition, if your injury may keep you from working permanently, a lawyer can advise you about filing for Social Security disability benefits as well. Most states offer vocational services to individuals that are unable to return to work in their former jobs due to an industrial injury. A workers' comp attorney can assist you in navigating the system so that you are most likely to receive retraining or monetary payment to assist you while you obtain alternate employment. If any aspect of your claim is in dispute with your employer, or your employer’s insurance company, it is important for you to obtain an attorney. In many states, the dispute process is highly legal, involving complex legal rules and procedures. You will likely be at a disadvantage if you do not retain an attorney to represent your interests in these proceedings.