Have you suffered a workplace injury and are wondering whether you should hire a workers’ compensation attorney? Whether you need to hire an attorney depends on the severity of your injury and the overall complexity of your case. You may be able to get by without an attorney if your injuries are minor, if you missed little or no work due to your injury, if your employer admits that the injury happened at work and if you do not have a pre-existing condition. However, it is always a good idea to hire a workers’ compensation attorney. An experienced attorney will walk you through the process and alert you to potential pitfalls. You may need to hire an attorney if:
Your claim has been denied: If your claim has been denied or disputed by your insurance company, you should consult with an attorney. About 80% of workers injured at work simply accept the denial of their claims by employers and insurers without even appealing. Hiring a workers’ compensation attorney will give you the best chance to receive a fair settlement for your injuries.
Your injury prevents you from returning to work or from performing any work at all: If your injuries are so severe that you are unable to return to your previous job or perform any work at all, you may be entitled to lifetime weekly payments to make up for your lost wages. Giving lifetime weekly payments can be very expensive for insurance companies, and they will do everything they can to avoid paying you what you deserve. A knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help you.
Your employer’s settlement offer does not cover your lost wages and medical bills: If you believe that your employer’s settlement offer is not good enough, do not rely on the workers’ compensation judge to help you get a fair deal. Most judges usually sign off on any agreement as long as it seems fair enough. If you want to get the best settlement possible, hire an attorney.
Your boss takes revenge against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim: If your boss has fired you, demoted you, reduced your pay, or has engaged in any other form of discrimination against you because you filed a workers’ compensation claim, you should contact a workers’ compensation attorney immediately.
You have a potential third-party claim: If you have suffered injuries on the job because of a third party’s fault, you may file a third party lawsuit along with the workers’ compensation claim. For instance, if your injury was caused because of a forklift malfunction, you may sue the manufacturer of the defective forklift. An attorney can help you file a third party lawsuit.
Contact our worker’s compensation attorneys today
If you have been hurt as a result of a workplace accident, the legal team at The Reinken Law Firm can give you the assistance you need to recover the full compensation you deserve. We offer a free initial consultation during which you can discuss your claim and your concerns directly with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Call The Reinken Law Firm 203-541-0090.