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Workers’ compensation cases: Do you need a lawyer?

Workers' compensation cases: Do you need a lawyer?

When employees become ill or injured at work, they often wonder whether they need a lawyer. A simple “It depends” approach is ideal.

A good relationship with your employer, familiarity with the workers’ compensation process and experience with minor accidents may mean you won’t need a lawyer.

However, if you have been injured or sickened significantly at work or if your employer is denying you benefits, you should consult an experienced Sattiraju & Tharney attorney.

Are You Capable of Representing Yourself?

The workers’ compensation system sometimes allows workers to represent themselves and achieve favorable outcomes. For that to be true, the following conditions must be met:

  • Your injury is minor, such as a sprain, strain, or cut.
  • You didn’t miss a lot of work (if any)
  • Injuries and illnesses linked to your job are acknowledged by your employer.
  • The injury or illness you are experiencing has nothing to do with your past health history.

Whether you fit all of the following descriptions, you may not need a lawyer to navigate the workers’ compensation process. Your lawyer can set up a meeting and answer any questions you have about the process.

Is Consulting a Lawyer Beneficial?

Workers’ compensation claims can be complicated by a variety of factors, including:

  • Your company denies that your job caused your injury or illness or that your claim has already been refused.
  • You are offered a settlement that does not cover your lost salary or medical expenses.
  • Your condition prohibits you from returning to work, or your condition prevents you from doing the same job.
  • Benefits related to Social Security Disability are now being paid to you (or you plan to begin receiving them).
  • It was somebody else’s fault, such as a third-party accident or your coworker driving the company vehicle negligently.
  • You claim you were unfairly treated at work because you filed a workers’ compensation claim.

Circumstances or situations In Which should you seek the advice of an attorney?

  • Your company denies that your job caused your injury or illness, or your claim has already been refused.
  • You are offered a settlement that does not cover your lost salary or medical expenses.
  • Your condition prohibits you from returning to work or prevents you from doing the same job.
  • You now receive (or plan to obtain) Social Security Disability benefits.
  • Your accident was caused by a third party or a coworker, such as a careless driver who hit you while driving a company vehicle.
  • Because you filed a workers’ compensation claim, you believe you were mistreated or penalized at work.

Alfredo Reed

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