When You Should Retain a Workers' Compensation Attorney
Many times, injured workers file workers' compensation claims, and find that the process is smooth and straightforward. They inform a manager about the injury, make a claim, and receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. There are some circumstances in which it’s important to have an attorney represent you.
A workers' compensation attorney can help with the following:
You're not receiving the correct benefits or are entitled to additional benefits
You may be entitled to a permanent partial disability award as workplace injuries are moderate to severe, and your injury won't return to its previous condition
Your workplace injuries require surgery
You cannot return to work in your previous position but can work in some capacity
You are unable to work on a regular basis in any job
You have significant pre-existing disabilities
Your employer's insurance company or the state's workers' compensation division has made an adverse decision.
In some cases, you may be eligible to recover benefits through workers' comp as well as a personal injury claim. We can also represent clients who are filing third party claim.
What To Do If You've Been Injured On The Job
If you've developed a job-related occupational disease or have been injured while at work, notify your employer quickly. If you wait, your ability to receive benefits may be limited. Promptly seek medical treatment for your injury and let the physician know that your injury occurred on the job. Be sure to notify your employer formally and to fill out the required paperwork. Time is of the essence and you don't want to miss the deadline to apply for workers' compensation benefits. Even if your claim doesn't have extenuating circumstances, it’s helpful to have an attorney to help you navigate the often confusing process.