When do you Need a Workers' Compensation Lawyer

When you file a Workers' Compensation claim, you may need professional help. A lawyer can assist you in making sure you receive the medical treatment and financial compensation you deserve after you are injured at work.

You may not need an attorney if:
*Your workplace injuries are minor.
*Your injury does not cause permanent bodily function loss.
*You can return to work after resting a few days or weeks.
*You feel comfortable returning to work after treatment.
*You are willing to sign the settlement with your employer's Workers' Comp insurance company and release your right to file in the future for compensation or medical care for your injury.
You will need a Workers' Comp lawyer if:
*You need surgery because of your injury.
*You have pre-existing disabilities.
*You will no longer be able to work regularly in any job.
*You cannot return to work at your current job but are able to work in a different capacity.
* Your health will remain compromised because of your moderate to severe injury, and you will qualify for permanent partial disability.
*You want to dispute the claim decision made by your employer, the employer’s insurance company or the Workers' Comp division in your state.
*You wonder if you are receiving the correct benefits or if you qualify for additional benefits.
* Your medical benefits claim is denied.
*Your employer disputes the decision of your state Workers' Comp division.
*You want assistance understanding and navigating the Workers' Comp process.

Even if none of these conditions apply, you can still hire an attorney. It's your right to have legal representation as you navigate medical treatment, understand the paperwork and negotiate with your employer. Your attorney can also advocate for you and assist you in applying for benefits like Social Security disability.

When you're ready to hire a Workers' Compensation lawyer, contact one that specializes in your type of claims. Then request a free consultation. The initial meeting usually lasts 30 to 40 minutes and gives you time to share details of your claim. The attorney can then advise you on whether or not you need legal representation and if he or she wants to take your case.  In most cases, Workers' Comp attorneys receive payment on a contingent basis, which means they get paid a portion of any benefits you receive. You will own nothing if you don't win the case.

 Deciding to hire a Workers' Compensation attorney is a big decision. Before you move forward, consider whether or not it's essential. You can find details of your company's Workers' Comp plan when you talk to your Human Resources director.

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