Workers Compensation cases that are not resolved through a settlement go to trial. These cases involve hearings, depositions and other court proceedings, which means that lawyers involved in Worker’s Compensation cases need effective support for legal transcription and document management.
While employers must obtain and institute workers’ compensation coverage for their employees, in the event of an injury, the employer has the right to request that the insurance company challenge the compensability of a claim. Employees file a worker’s compensation case if they feel that their claims have been wrongly denied. The goal of the legal process is to establish whether there is a genuine claim. This is crucial – a National Insurance Crime Bureau study estimated that Workers Compensation fraud costs insurers about $7.2 billion annually. Moreover, the burden of this fraud is borne by several stakeholders such as policyholders, employers, insurers, consumers and shareholders.
Only a lawyer who is experienced with regard to workers’ comp claims can handle the difficult process of handling the difficult workers’ comp claim process. In addition to extensive legal knowledge, skill and ability, the attorney needs to keenly manage all phases of the litigation and justly represent the best interests of the client. Working with their client, these lawyers need to prepare and present all the evidence before the judge. Their duties would include:
- Preparing, attend, and reporting on hearings and depositions
- Interacting with the claims department as needed
- Drafting pleadings, petitions, correspondence and documents
- Conducting legal research
- Evaluating and recommending the litigation strategy
- Preparing transcripts of depositions and hearings
Evidence in the form of testimonies will have to be collected from the employee as well as other witnesses. The attorney will also have to present medical evidence including certified copies of medical records, reports, and testimonies and depositions of doctors. The court reporter will record all statements made during the hearing, mark all exhibits for identification, as well as provide transcription of courts proceedings.
It is clear that a reliable legal transcription company can prove a valuable partner for legal professionals in Workers Compensation litigation. The support of a professional company is crucial for ensuring accurate and timely documentation. Their team expert legal transcriptionists are familiar with insurance-related legal terminology and also well-versed in the legal procedures involved in Workers Compensation.