When Is It Time to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
In many situations, a workplace injury will not only leave you with injuries but also with added frustrations and financial burdens. Workers’ compensation insurance can provide employees relief and some financial stability. But before you consider handling your workers’ compensation claim on your own, become familiar with all of the situations in which the help of a workers’ compensation attorney will benefit you and your case.
When You May Be Able to Represent Yourself
In some cases, you may be able to handle your workers’ compensation claim yourself. You may not need the help of an attorney when:
- Your accident resulted in minor injuries;
- Your injuries did not cause you to miss many days of work, if any;
- You do not suffer any pre-existing condition that affects your injury; or
- Your employer admits that your injuries were a result of a workplace accident.
Even if your situation falls under one of these categories, it is still wise to seek advice from a workers’ compensation attorney.
When You Should Consider Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
A workers’ compensation attorney can be your best ally during your workers’ compensation claim process. Below are some of the situations in which you should consider seeking the help of an attorney.
Your Claim Gets Denied
In certain unfortunate cases, your workers’ compensation claim may be denied. There are several reasons why your claim could be denied, including:
- Missing deadlines;
- Failing to report your injury on time;
- Discrepancies between your accident report and the medical records;
- Not providing all necessary documentation; or
- Filing a claim after you are laid off or fired.
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, do not hesitate to contact a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will guide you through the appeal process.
You Receive an Unfair Settlement
A fair settlement should allow you to pay all of your medical expenses and cover any lost wages if you are unable to work. If you receive an unfair settlement agreement, do not agree to it. Contact a workers’ compensation attorney.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
If the insurance company offers you an unfair settlement, don’t feel obligated to settle. You may need to engage in negotiations with the insurer to ensure you get the best possible settlement. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can handle all aspects of your negotiation to get you a favorable result.
Medical Issues or Disabilities
Some injuries lead to ongoing medical issues that may leave you partially or totally disabled. Your disability may not allow you to work, whether for some time or permanently. If this is your situation, you may be able to receive compensation in the form of weekly payments or one lump sum. Insurers may make it difficult for you to get the compensation you deserve. A workers’ compensation attorney will fight for your rights.
Issues with Your Boss
Some employers take issue with workers’ compensation claims. In retaliation, they may cut your hours, reduce your pay, or even fire you. If your boss is treating you unfairly, contact a workers’ compensation attorney.
A Third Party Caused Your Injuries
If you receive workers’ compensation benefits, you are unable to sue your employer. However, if a third party played a role in the accident that led to your injuries, you may be able to take legal action against them. A workers’ compensation attorney will give you all possible legal options.
How an Attorney Can Help
Workers’ compensation claims can be frustrating and complicated. While you may be able to handle some claims on your own, it is incredibly beneficial to have an attorney's help. Your attorney will guide you through the entire process to be sure you receive the benefits you deserve.
Arechigo & Stokka, PA, is committed to providing clients with exceptional legal representation when they need it most. We pride ourselves on offering all of the wonderful benefits that you will not find at large law firms. Our personalized approach leaves clients confident in their decision to trust us with their legal needs. Contact us today, and let’s see how our team can help you.
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