When Should I Hire An Attorney For My Workers’ Compensation Case?
In most cases, if you are injured on the job a workers’ compensation claim will be filed. If this is your first time filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may be wondering if you need an attorney. The need for an attorney usually depends on the actions of your employer, how severe your injuries are, and how complex you case is. You possibly can go without service of an attorney for the following:
● The injury is minor such as a cut requiring stitches or a twisted ankle
● Your employer admits the accident happened at the workplace
● You did not miss any time off of work or a minimal amount of time.
● You do not have a pre-existing condition that affects the same area of your body as your work injury.
Even in these simple circumstances, it is a good idea to obtain a free consultation with an attorney familiar with workman’s compensation to make sure you are protected.
When You Should Absolutely Hire An Attorney
If any of the following situations are true, it is vital to hire an attorney as soon as possible:
● Your employer does not pay you promptly or denies your claim: Many employees and workman’s compensation insurers will routinely reject legitimate filed claims knowing that many workers will fail to appeal their decision.
● The settlement your employer offers does not cover all of your medical bills or lost wages: If you are not sure your settlement offer is good enough, obtain the services of an attorney.
● If you have suffered permanent disability: When your injuries prevent you from returning to your job, limits what you can do, or you are disabled (partial or total disability), you may be entitled to a lump sum to compensate for your wages or weekly payments. An attorney is vital if you are permanently disable or ill.
● You suffer retaliation or discrimination: If upon your return you find your employer has demoted you, cut your hours, decreased your pay or even has fired you because you filed a workman’s compensation claim, immediately contact an attorney to legally protect your rights.
How A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help You With Your Claim
Workman’s compensation forms can be complex, not to mention that the insurance companies have teams of highly trained attorneys to keep settlement payouts as low as possible. An experienced attorney will help you file all the required forms, meet deadlines, gather evidence to support your case and negotiate with the insurance company. Since the law surrounding workers’ compensation is so complex, it is critical you hire an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation claims.
How Can I Ensure My Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Not Denied?
The most common reason that workman’s compensation claims are denied is due to inadequate medical evidence. Your attorney will provide the evidence to help you by:
● Ensuring all medical records were obtained
● Recommending and arranging treatment with certain doctors
● Using and independent medical examination to obtain medical opinions from your physicians
● Obtaining depositions from medical experts
The best way to avoid a claim denial is by working with an attorney. Not only will attorney gather the evidence needed to avoid having your claim denied, they can also examine the weaknesses in your claim so it is not denied unjustly.
Where To Find A Qualified Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you live in the Southern Florida area, you’ll see there are a lot of attorneys to represent you. However, not all attorneys are the same. First, you need someone who specializes in workers’ compensation law. Secondly, you need an attorney who will be available whenever you have questions or concerns.
Finally, you’ll need an attorney who isn’t afraid to take your case to trial. At Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh, we can help. We have over a century of combined experience representing workplace injury victims. We will gather the necessary evidence, fight for a fair settlement, and not back down until you receive justice. Call us today for a free case evaluation to learn how we can help you win your workers’ compensation case.