If you’re like most people who get involved in workplace accidents, you might be thinking whether or not to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer to ease your worries. To answer that question without considering how complex your case is, how severe your injuries are and what your employer will do next, would be foolish.
When Do You Need Minimal Representation?
There are a very limited number of cases where people have done well without the help of an attorney. There are a few criteria that need to be met if you absolutely must go it alone. It’s not advisable to go it alone, however.
The injury that resulted from the workplace accident was minor such as a bruise or cut that needed a few stitches or a sprained ankle. Another case for minimal representation from a workers’ compensation lawyer is if the employer admits to the fact that the injury happened at the workplace during your shift.
You may not have missed out on your work despite the injury in which case you might also opt for minimal representation. If you don’t have a previous injury in the same or nearing area of your body you may also opt to go through it alone. An example where you may need a workers’ compensation lawyer could be of when you had a leg injury from a previous accident on the road a year back, and the workplace accident caused you to hurt yourself in the same place.
Even for cases like these, you should consider hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer to help you receive better compensation for your injuries from workplace accidents.
When You Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Not all cases are similar and most of them are complex.
A workers’ compensation lawyer is needed in the following cases when the cases are a bit more difficult and can go either way in court. Here are some of those cases when it pays to have a workers’ compensation lawyer help you out.
When you get denied the compensation claim by your employer and they don’t pay benefits, that’s when you need a workers’ compensation lawyer by your side. You may not know this but employers and insurance companies giving workers’ compensation insurance often reject legitimate claims of workers’ compensation. They capitalize on the fact that many workers will not appeal for the claim. When you hire a workers’ compensation lawyer to assist you with the claim, you can get the compensation that’s rightfully yours. The lawyer knows the state rules and regulations and will help you get the compensation you deserve. The costs of the lawyer are approved by the judge taking into account many factors such as the complexity of the case and more. This makes the lawyer’s fees fair in a way.
If you plan to apply for social security disability benefits, you will not receive a justified amount if your settlement doesn’t follow a proper structure. A workers’ compensation lawyer who has relevant experience in cases such as yours will help come up with a settlement draft that addresses pertinent issues, so you get better compensation in terms of social security disability payments.
If you’d like to know if your specific situation requires a workers’ compensation lawyer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.