If you have suffered an injury on the job and are wondering whether to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer, the answer depends on the seriousness of your injury and the specific complexities of your case.
You may be able to file a workers’ comp claim without a legal help from an experienced lawyer if all of the following statements apply to your case:
- You sustained a minor injury, such as a cut requiring few stitches or a twisted ankle
- You missed little or no work because of your injury
- Your employer admits that the injury occurred at work
- You do not have any pre-existing conditions
Despite having an uncomplicated scenario, it is typically a wise decision to speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer for a free consultation about your case. The attorney can guide you through the process, make you aware of the pitfalls of your case, and let you know whether you should handle your own case or not.
Hiring an Attorney
If any of the following are true, you should retain an attorney as soon as possible:
- Your injury is severe enough to require surgery
- Your injury is moderate to severe
- Your employer denies your claim
- You fail to receive your benefits in a timely manner
- Your employer’s settlement offer does not cover all your medical expenses and lost earnings
- Your injury prevents you from returning to your previous job, or from performing any work whatsoever
- Your employer retaliates against you for filing a workers’ comp claim
- A third-party is also responsible for your injury
- You have significant pre-existing disabilities
An attorney will ensure that all necessary forms are filed and all deadlines are met. He or she will also understand how to develop medical evidence which documents the severity of your condition. Lastly, a lawyer can estimate how much your case is worth and evaluate any settlement offers much more accurately than others.