You are not required to have an attorney represent you while you seek workers' compensation benefits after being injured on the job. However, if you want to maximize the amount of benefits that you will receive, then an experienced attorney is your best bet.
Here is how an experienced lawyer can help you get the workers' compensation benefits that you deserve:
Your lawyer will advocate for you and no one else.
Bottom line: Injured workers are a liability on their employer and their employer's insurer. Insurance companies look out for the business, not for the injured worker. As soon as an accident occurs, the goal of the employer and the insurer is to shut down the claim as soon as possible.
In other words, your employer and the insurer do not care if you get adequate compensation. They care about saving money.
You need a lawyer in your corner who will demand that you get treated fairly. When you are represented, your employer and the insurer know that they won't get away with offering you a low-ball settlement or denying your claim when you deserve benefits.
Your lawyer will help you navigate the complex legal process.
Few workers' compensation claims are easy and straightforward. In many cases, there are disputes over what the worker is entitled to, if anything, and how the benefits should be structured. The disputes are settled with complex legal rules and procedures that can leave an untrained person completely lost.
Your lawyer has been through the process numerous times and can guide the way so that you do not miss the opportunity to get what you deserve.
Your lawyer will make sure that your future is protected.
In many cases, workplace injuries are severe enough that they will prevent you from returning to the same job or will result in permanent disability. You need to make sure that your future medical expenses are covered and that you are supported financially until you can return to work.
Your lawyer can fight your future while making sure that you understand the benefits you are entitled to, which could include Social Security disability benefits and/or vocational services as well.
When you really need a lawyer on your side...
Most people can benefit from having an experienced lawyer assist them with obtaining workers' compensation benefits, but this is especially true if:
- Your workers' compensation claim has already been denied, or the payments you are supposed to receive have been delayed.
- Your employer does not carry workers' compensation insurance.
- The benefits being offered do not cover all of your medical bills and lost wages.
- You will have a hard time returning to work because of your injuries.
- You have been treated unfairly by your employer after reporting your accident.