When Should I Call a Workers' Comp Attorney?

“When do I need a lawyer?”

The easiest answer to this question is, “When you are denied workers’ compensation benefits.” However, every person, and every case is different. Here are some situations when it may be a good idea to speak to a lawyer.

1. You’ve been denied workers’ compensation.

If you have a work-related injury, and have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, you should call a lawyer. An experienced workers’ comp lawyer will file a petition for benefits for you, develop your case, and try to resolve your case in your best interests. There are different ways of resolving a workers’ compensation case– by trial, through a voluntary payment agreement, or through a settlement. Your lawyer will be able to give you expert advice about your options. Your lawyer will not charge you a fee unless he makes a recovery for you.

2. You’re afraid your workers’ compensation benefits will be terminated.

Even if you are receiving your workers’ comp benefits, you can meet with a lawyer. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer will answer any questions you have. A lawyer can explain the law to you, and advise you of your rights. A lawyer may also have you sign all the paperwork necessary to start a workers’ compensation case, and keep it in his file. If your benefits are terminated, the lawyer can immediately jump to action, filing a case on your behalf.

3. You just got injured at work, and you have questions.

Information is power. Remember, the insurance companies have lawyers giving them advice. An experienced lawyer can explain your legal rights to you. From the start, you will know your rights and obligations under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

4. You want to settle your workers’ compensation case.

Sometimes, an injured person may want to settle their case, even if they are receiving workers’ compensation benefits. A lawyer can help get this person the best settlement possible.