If you’ve been injured on the job, it can be difficult to determine what steps to take, who to contact, and when it’s serious enough to contact an attorney. We understand that if at all possible, you’d like to save your money instead of spending it on a workers’ compensation lawyer. However, if you’re being denied the compensation you deserve for an injury you received on the job, it’s time to seek legal help. A skilled workers’ compensation lawyer will know how much compensation you’re entitled to, and will be able to help you through the complicated legal process it takes to get you to that rightful compensation. While it’s not necessary to hire an attorney for minor scrapes and bruises, if any of the following situations apply to you, it’s time to find a trusted attorney with experience in workers’ compensation cases.
Here are some situations that warrant an attorney:
Injuries severe enough to require surgery – In almost every case, an injury that warrants surgery also warrants some sort of compensation. The problem with compensation cases is that no two injuries are the same, and thus, compensation cannot be awarded similarly to every person. It’s important to call a workers’ compensation lawyer at this point, because they are aware of the intricacies of compensation claims, and they will know how to accurately estimate what fair compensation looks like, based on your specific injury, and projected recovery time.
Inability to return to work in any job – This type of case falls into the category of Permanent Total Disability. In this case, you wouldn’t ever be able to hold a job again as a result of your injury, and you should receive lifetime weekly benefits to replace your salary. You definitely need to hire an attorney for this type of case. No company wants to pay you for life, even when you deserve compensation, which is why it will take a good attorney to get you the compensation you need.
Inability to return to your previous job – While this is less serious than the previous situation, it is still a grave issue. The job you had training and experience for is no longer accessible to you, and thus you should receive compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. In this case, you’ll also need proper legal representation to ensure that you get the correct amount of compensation.
You have pre-existing disabilities – Depending on your region, pre-existing disabilities could entitle you to additional benefits. In the event that your pre-existing condition was worsened by your current position, you should still receive workers’ compensation benefits. It’s important that you not only hire a workers compensation lawyer to handle your case effectively but also to see a doctor that deals with work injuries often. A doctor that understands the workers’ compensation process will know how best to describe your condition for your workers’ comp claim.
Your claim was denied – While it seems wrong, it’s true that many companies will deny your claim for compensation just because they don’t expect you to pursue your case. Research shows that 80% of denied claims are never pursued further, which means it’s possible for insurance companies and your employer to get away with not paying you. If your claim was denied, and you believe you truly deserve compensation, it’s time to call a qualified attorney.
The settlement you received doesn’t cover your expenses – If you’re still paying medical bills even after you receive your settlement, it’s possible that you weren’t allotted fair compensation. If you were injured on the job, it should not be your responsibility to take care of the massive amounts of medical bills and expenses that occur as a result. If you believe your settlement is unfair, or you’re not sure how much to negotiate for, a qualified attorney will be able to help you calculate and receive fair compensation.
You feel uncomfortable handling the process alone – Workers’ compensation claims aren’t easy. The legal process is a veritable minefield of legalese, paperwork, and court appearances that can all be very difficult to understand and complete properly if you’re new to the system. If you’re unsure of how to go about filing your workers’ compensation claim, or if you want to dispute your employer’s denial, it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced workers compensation attorney. With an attorney at your side, you’re much more likely to receive the compensation that you deserve.
If you have questions about your workers’ compensation claim, or if you think it’s time to hire a workers’ compensation attorney, give The Epstein Law Firm a call. With more than 20 years experience in workers compensation cases, we have the qualifications and the knowledge to ensure that you get the settlement you need. For a free initial case evaluation, call our office at 773-522-7000, or contact us online today!