If you’ve been injured or become ill on the job, you may wonder if you should deal with your workers’ compensation case on your own or whether you need a lawyer. While there is no requirement that you obtain a lawyer, in practical terms you will usually get more compensation and satisfaction if you do hire a lawyer.
It is difficult to handle a workers’ compensation case on your own. Your opponent (your employer’s insurance carrier) has an army of lawyers on its side, trying to pay the least amount of benefits possible to you. Hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer is important to protecting your rights, especially if any of the following situations apply to you:
• Your employer denies that your injury or illness is work-related
• The insurance carrier has denied your claim
• You are not receiving medical treatment or are receiving sub-standard medical care
• The insurance carrier is delaying payment
• You think that a third party may be liable for your injury
If you are convinced that you need a workers’ compensation lawyer, how do you find a good one? This is an important decision because which attorney you choose to hire just might make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
To begin with, look for a lawyer with a lot of experience handling workers’ compensation claims. As Einstein once said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” When it comes to the law, this is so true. Look for a lawyer who has a great reputation and who has obtained favorable results for other workers’ compensation clients. Meet with the lawyer in person to evaluate the lawyer’s demeanor and sense of credibility. Make sure you feel comfortable with the lawyer and that he or she instills confidence in you.
Hiring a lawyer will help you get the most benefits you can out of the workers’ compensation system. Making a wise choice can impact you for a long time to come. If you need help, please schedule a time to come in, meet us, and tell us your story.