Proctor and Kole, Attorneys at Law
Proctor and Kole, Attorneys at Law.

Workers' Compensation FAQ

Do I need a lawyer for my workers' compensation case? It is not absolutely necessary that you have an attorney represent you. However, it is very likely that the insurance company has an attorney working for them and, if so, you are certainly at a disadvantage. The workers' compensation process can be confusing, complicated and stressful. It helps to have an attorney who is familiar with all of the laws, rules and procedures needed to obtain all of the benefits that you are entitled to, to protect your rights against the insurance company, to represent you at deposition or mediation and, as in many cases, appear before a judge on your behalf. The attorneys at Proctor & Kole each have over 20 years of experience in handling workers' compensation cases from beginning to end. Call our offices today to speak with one of our attorneys and see how we can help you with your case.

What should I look for in a lawyer in my workers' compensation case?

Experience matters. Both Maureen C. Proctor and James A. Kole have each practiced workers' compensation law in the state of Florida for more than 20 years. In addition, Ms. Proctor has been certified as an expert in workers' compensation law by the Florida Bar. Also, make sure that the attorney that you think that you are hiring will actually be the person that represents you. In some firms, your file will be handled by someone other than the person you see in their advertising or that you meet with. At Proctor & Kole, either Ms. Proctor or Mr. Kole will handle your case personally. Call our offices today to speak with one of our attorneys, take advantage of our experience and see how we can help you with your case.

What do workers' compensation lawyers charge?

At Proctor & Kole, we only get paid if we obtain benefits on your behalf from the insurance company and, in almost all cases, it's the insurance company that has to pay us those fees, not you! The only other time that we get paid is if you decide to settle your case. If you settle your case, we are entitled to a percentage of the settlement. We charge only 20% of up to the first $5,000 of the settlement, 15% of up to the next $5,000 and only 10% of anything beyond the first $10,000. In addition, we ask that you reimburse us for the money that we spent pursuing your case if and when you decide to settle.

When should I hire a lawyer in my workers' compensation case?

You can hire an attorney at anytime but, generally, the earlier the better. It helps to know your rights from the beginning, before the insurance company can take advantage of you or you make a mistake.

Do I have a case?

If you were injured on the job and the workers' compensation insurance company has begun paying you lost wage or medical benefits, then you almost certainly have a case. Even if the insurance company has denied your claim, there is still a chance that you have a case, maybe even a very good one. To find out for sure, call our offices today and ask to speak with one of our attorneys.

Can my employer fire me if I hire a lawyer in my workers' compensation case?

No, it is against the law for an employer to fire you or retaliate against you for filing a workers' compensation claim.

What is my workers' compensation case worth?

That's a very complicated answer and not one we can provide here. However, we encourage you to call and speak to one of our attorneys today to see what your case might be worth. The consultation is absolutely free.

If you have any other questions or prefer to speak directly with one of our attorneys, please call us at (850)422-0880 or, toll free at (800)821-6385 and set an appointment in person or by phone today.



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