ARKANSAS WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS
Do I need an attorney to help with my Arkansas Workers' Compensation claim?
If your injuries are minor (i.e. a strain, sprain, cut, etc.) and you think you’ll be back to work in a few days, or weeks – with no long-term health problems – you may not need an Arkansas Workers’ Compensation lawyer to represent you.
Insurance companies routinely try to pressure you into settling your work injury claim quickly and for less than it’s worth. Then, once you’ve settled your claim, you waive your rights to further treatment and compensation in the future. These same insurance companies have superior bargaining power in Workers’ Compensation claims, mostly because they’re familiar with Arkansas Workers’ Compensation law – and injured employees are not. Simply put: it’s best to have someone looking out for you. Insurance companies have attorneys, why shouldn’t you?
For more than two decades, Neal Hart and Hart Law have been making an impact in Workers’ Compensation Law in the state of Arkansas. So, it would be fair to say that we’ve developed a heart and a knack for helping injured workers get the benefits they deserve to get better – and get back to their lives.
For some other firms in the state, Workers’ Compensation Law is at the bottom of a long list of other more profitable law practices. Not at Hart Law. Workers’ Compensation Law is our primary concern. It’s what we do. We help injured workers successfully navigate their Workers’ Compensation claims so that they can get back on their feet, back to work and back to their lives.
An Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney
As a young lawyer, Neal Hart learned the ropes of Workers’ Comp by representing insurance companies in the Workers’ Compensation claims process. This had a tremendous impact on Neal as he sat in meeting after meeting, hearing after hearing, witnessing insurance companies treat people like a number. Because of this, Neal knows the tactics of insurance companies and how they look at injury claims. Experience that he now uses to fight for the rights of injured workers.
In fact, for more than 20 years, Neal has been helping people just like you get the help they need to maximize their Workers’ Compensation claim. Unfortunately, the process can be very complicated. And when it’s just you versus the insurance company, you may be out of luck. That’s where Hart Law steps in. We’ve got your back!
At Hart Law, our practice revolves around helping injured workers get the benefits they deserve. Think of us as your big brother, your teacher, your recovery coach and your negotiator. Our law practice is simple: Hart Law fights for the rights of injured workers. Period.
WE PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS: Our primary job is to protect your interests in the claims process – fully and daily – and we think about this hourly. Insurance companies care about the bottom line: Cash. But Workers’ Compensation claimants aren’t cash and numbers, they’re people. At no fault of your own, the cards may already be stacked against you. But at Hart Law, we use our years of experience and seek to level the playing field.
WE TEACH YOU ABOUT WORKERS’ COMP: Considering that most people know very little about the Workers’ Compensation claims process, it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the whole thing. At Hart Law, we believe it’s our calling and duty to not only help you through the claims process, but also help you better understand how Workers’ Compensation Law works. And we tell it like it is, good and bad, so that the good can encourage you and the bad can be better understood – and then hopefully conquered. This takes time and patience, but it’s well worth it. After all, this is your life we’re talking about. And you deserve to know what you’re up against, as well as the plan of action to reach a fair resolution of your claim.
WE CARE ABOUT YOUR RECOVERY: If you’re injured at work, as is, the law allows the insurance company to direct your initial medical care. So, you often end up going to a doctor of their choosing, one they think will be sympathetic to the insurance company. They typically use some of the same doctors, who give them the results they want (i.e., injured employee gets discharged and sent back to work). At Hart Law, our goal is to develop the medical portion of the claim with the goal of using the law to get our clients competent treatment from fair physicians, who genuinely care about their health.
WE FIGHT HARD FOR YOU: Honestly, do think insurance companies really care about what happens with your health, your career, or your family in the years that follow your injury? Sounds like a harsh question, but it needs to be asked. No matter how you answer, having the strength and experience of Hart Law on your side puts insurance carriers on the defense. With more than two decades of experience in the field, we have an eye for managing claims, helping you get a favorable recovery under Arkansas law at the conclusion of the claims process. We’re hard at work just like you.
We Look Out For Your Injury Claim, So You Can Get Back To What Matters Most.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – FAQS
Q: Do I need an attorney for my AR Workers’ Compensation claim?
A: Insurance companies typically enjoy superior bargaining power in Workers’ Compensation claims. This is primarily due to the fact that they are familiar with AR Workers’ Compensation Law – and injured employees often are not. Insurance companies have attorneys to represent them and their best interests. Why shouldn’t you?
Q: Why should I choose Hart Law over another law firm?
A: At Hart Law, we’re focused on Workers’ Compensation Law and helping injured workers get the benefits they deserve, under Arkansas law. Unlike other firms, many of which have multiple areas of practice, our priority is helping AR Workers’ Compensation claimants. More importantly, we don’t use a cookie-cutter approach in the Workers’ Comp claims process. You see, we believe that each and every injury is as unique as the person who suffered it. And we approach every claim with all of our heart, soul and strength, using more than 20 years of experience to maximize your claim. And we believe we do this really well.
Q: What is my claim worth?
A: We get questions like this almost every day. Which is only natural, right? You’d like to know how much your settlement might be for a back, knee, or shoulder injury before you go down that road. Well, we’ve been down that road many times and have been valuing AR workers’ comp claims, for settlement and other purposes, for a very long time. It’s a complex process that requires a great deal of experience and skill, because it involves analyzing the age, education and background of each individual client; along with the benefits potentially available in any given workers’ comp claim, including temporary disability, permanent disability, wage loss disability, vocational retraining and future medical care. As the AR Workers’ Compensation claims process goes, some of this information is more readily available after the claim has been worked up legally and an employee is nearing the end of his, or her healing period. At Hart Law, we don’t believe in artificially inflating the potential value of your claim through puffery, simply to get you as a client. We give you honest answers to questions about your case, using a combination of known information, probable legal outcomes and years of experience in the field.
Q: Is it possible for my claim to be settled for a lump sum of money, without having to litigate the case in court?
A: Yes. Thousands of AR Workers’ Compensation claims are settled each year and, if appropriate, we can assist in negotiating a favorable settlement of your claim for a lump sum of money, payable to you. However, we will not hesitate to take your claim to trial, if that’s what it takes to get you the benefits you deserve. We fight tough against insurance companies, every day.
Q: What benefits am I entitled to receive in an AR Workers’ Compensation claim?
A: Depending upon the nature and extent of your work injury, you may be entitled to receive, among other things, medical expenses; benefits to compensate you for time lost at work; benefits to compensate you for a permanent impairment; benefits to compensate you for a loss of earning capacity; and/or vocational rehabilitation. Call us, and we’ll be happy to evaluate your case, at no charge, in order to determine whether or not the insurance company is actually paying what they owe.
Q: How long will my case stay open?
A: The statute of limitations in a Workers’ Compensation case generally expires two years from the date of your injury, or one year from the date that benefits are last paid, whichever is longer. After this time, you may be legally barred from making a claim for additional benefits before the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Q: How does my attorney get paid?
A: It’s really simple. We’re only paid a fee if we collect money for you—either through settlement, or by asking a judge to force an insurance company to pay benefits they have wrongfully denied. It’s also important to know that the fees in Workers’ Compensation cases are governed and set by state law at 12.5% from the injured worker, out of any settlement or award we get for our clients. There are no “up front” charges for our legal services. Unless we win your case, or settle it, we don’t get paid.
Q: If I call about my claim, will I have the opportunity to speak with an actual AR injury lawyer?
A: Absolutely! You can talk to an AR injury lawyer about your claim with no obligations!
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