Generally speaking, you may get by without an attorney if you have suffered a very minor injury and the employer admits fault, you missed no work, and do not have any pre-existing conditions; unfortunately, 9/10 times, this is not the case. Even though these type of cases seem to be straight forward they are not, and it is always a great idea to contact a Workers’ Compensation attorney for a free consultation about your specific case.
Most of the time, your employer’s insurance company will do anything to try and deny the claim, or will not pay your benefits promptly, or will not offer proper compensation for all your lost wages and/or medical bills either now or in the future. The medical issues arising from your Workers’ Compensation injury will be costly, whether you have suffered total disability or partial. This is not including your lost time off work.
Sometimes even, your boss will retaliate against you for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim. It is illegal for your employer to fire you, demote you, slash your hours, deduct your pay, or engage in any type of discriminatory actions because you filed for Workers’ Compensation. Make sure your workers’ compensation attorney can handle any retaliation case you may need to file as well.
In addition of making sure that your Workers’ Compensation claim is filed correctly and meeting certain deadlines, your attorney should know exactly how to gather the specific evidence you need to support your case, negotiate vigorously with the insurance company, and can obtain a settlement agreement that avoids unanticipated consequences in the future with your medical condition. In addition to doing all of this, because the employer’s insurance company will always want to pay you less than you deserve from your Workers’ Compensation claim, your attorney will prepare and represent you at any hearing to get you the most money possible for your injury.
The Workers’ Compensation system may have been intended to provide fairness for injured workers’, but now, it seems to work mostly for the well-being of employers and insurance companies. Plus, insurance companies hire highly skilled attorneys to deny all possible claims against them. Hiring attorney Larry Ashlock will make your case go a long way towards tilting the scales on your side. If you want an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney to handle all things in your Workers’ Compensation claim, be sure to Ask Lawyer Larry on our website on how we can help you win your case.