Have you been injured at work or diagnosed with an illness or another medical issue due to poor and unsafe conditions in the workplace?
If so, then you need to know you’re entitled to legal action — and a settlement from the company and their insurance provider.
Some of the most common OSHA violations include a failure to properly protect workers from fall hazards, improper safety communication and standards, and even accidents resulting from poorly-maintained machinery.
If you’ve been hurt in situations like this or others, you should hire a workers comp attorney.
But when do you know it’s time to lawyer up?
Read on to find out.
1. You Couldn’t Settle out of Court
The first sign you need to connect with a workers comp attorney?
Your case is going to trial — and that’s not something you should ever attempt to handle on your own. This is especially true when your injuries or illness has left you physically or mentally compromised for the long or short term.
Your attorney will be able to explain to you how the trial process works, review possible outcomes for your case, collect witness statements and evidence, and fight diligently on your behalf.
Remember, your employer and the insurance company can likely afford to hire some of the best attorneys in the business to defend them. You can’t hope to defeat them without having the same.
2. Your Employer is Giving You Trouble
Is your employer flat-out refusing to pay for your medical bills?
If they’re willing to cover some of the costs, do they insist that you be evaluated by a doctor of their choosing first?
Are they telling you they won’t pay you for the lost wages your injury/illness cost you? Perhaps they’ve even fired or threatened to fire you after the incident occurred.
In some cases, your employer may tell you that the medical treatments you need aren’t really necessary. Maybe you haven’t actually received any workers compensation checks from your employer at all.
These are all essential reasons to hire a workers comp lawyer immediately.
Don’t let your employer bully you into accepting anything less than you’re entitled to.
3. You’re Dealing With a Nightmare Insurance Company
Disputes with your insurance company and the insurance company of your employer are a notoriously difficult and frustrating part of a workers comp claim.
Sometimes, the insurance company will try to get you to accept an amount of coverage that you know is far too low. They often threaten that it’s “this or nothing,” and take advantage of terrified workers.
Or, the insurance company may flat-out deny your claim, telling you they won’t cover anything.
In other cases, the insurance company may simply not return your calls or attempt to cease contact with you.
These are all reasons why having a workers comp attorney on your side is key. Don’t let huge insurance companies leave you with medical bills you know you can’t pay on your own.
4. You Have a Pre-Existing Medical Condition
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you absolutely must hire a workers compensation lawyer.
Because trust is when we tell you that the insurance companies and your employer will attempt to blame any injury or illness on your pre-existing condition as opposed to their negligence.
You’ll need an attorney who can prove that what you’re dealing with now was the result of a one-time incident and not a pattern of chronic illness or disability.
5. You Can’t Figure out the Paperwork
One simple error on your paperwork or failure to file it on time can mean the end of your case.
Often, it can be next to impossible for those not involved in the field of law to understand the jargon, regulations, and required documentation needed.
If you don’t know how to get the paperwork and documentation you need to strengthen your case (like medical records, accident reports, witness statements, and records of past interactions with the insurance company) you could also be in trouble.
Hiring a workers compensation attorney ensures that your paperwork will be filed, collected, and filled out the right way.
6. You’re Not Sure What You’re Entitled To
The final reason you should consider hiring a workers comp lawyer a necessity?
Because you have no idea the kind of settlement and additional benefits that you’re entitled to. Countless employers and insurance companies will try to get you to agree to the lowest possible amount of money — or deny accountability altogether.
Those without proper legal representation risk having to pay for their own medical bills, miss out on lost income due to the injury/illness, and may even lose permanent disability coverage.
When you work with an attorney, you’ll learn just how much more you could win.
When in Doubt, Hire a Workers Comp Attorney
If you’ve been injured on the job and you know the accident wasn’t our fault, you need to stop asking yourself the question, “Should I get a workers comp lawyer?”
Instead, now is the time to take action.
Hiring a workers comp attorney means you’ll have powerful representation on your side. You’ll also be likely to get a higher settlement, understand the trial process, and successfully appeal any denied claims.
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