There are guys who get hurt on the job and things go well – their disability checks get paid in the right amount and on time, their medical care gets approved and the bills get paid promptly … and they think to themselves, “Well, no need for a lawyer – I’ll just see what they are going to offer me.”
And for some, the only sound they ever hear will be crickets. There won’t be a settlement offer forthcoming – ever.
Why? The insurance company knows that if they don’t bring up the subject of settlement, the injured driver won’t either. Maybe he is a “company man” and doesn’t feel right about asking. Maybe he just doesn’t know, but if he never asks, the insurance company will get to save that money.
Maybe by handling the case is a decent, honorable way, the insurance company has bought a measure of trust from the injured driver.
What is happening while the driver is waiting for a settlement offer? The time until the statute of limitations expires is passing, and once the statute of limitations expires, the insurance company can close the file, knowing it will never have to pay another dollar worth of compensation to the injured driver.
And that’s what they are banking on. Silence is golden to them.
Bottom line: if your case has been handled in a decent way and you are back at work and there has been no offer forthcoming, you can bet the ranch that the insurance company is just running out the clock on your case.
If you don’t do something to assert your rights, you can’t count on them doing it for you. It’s time to get skilled legal help with your worker’s compensation claim. You can’t count on them treating you in a decent, honorable way going forward.
If you have a current worker’s compensation issue which you need help on, please feel free to reach out to our office by calling our office at 312-263-1080 to discuss your issues and what options you have. There is no obligation to hire our law firm, and there is no charge for the call.
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We are here to help truck drivers after an on-the-job accident. Knowledge is power, and the first step in protecting your rights is to know what they are.