If You Don't Understand The Workers Comp Process, Then Consult A Lawyer Who Does
You can go your entire life without having an injury on the job. Because of that, many people don't understand the process if they do find themselves filing for it. Workers compensation is not a guarantee, and it can turn into an uphill battle, especially if you don't have a lawyer.
Yes, You do Need an Attorney…Most of the Time
One of the biggest misconceptions about workers compensation is that it's not exactly a legal process, and so it doesn't require legal representation. That's absolutely wrong. Usually, a lawyer is necessary. If you're unfamiliar with the process, then you do yourself a disservice if you don't at least consult a lawyer.
When you don't need a lawyer
If you suffer a minor injury, then you may not need a lawyer. For example, if you cut your hand and that's all, then you may find a lawyer a little extraneous. If you cut your hand, go to the doctor, have it stitched up, then go back to work the next day, then you're usually okay.
Workers compensation will likely pay for the medical bills, and since you didn't lose any wages, there's not really anything else to worry about. In these cases, workers compensation usually is cut-and-dry.
When you do need a lawyer
If your injury goes beyond something simple, you will need a lawyer. Here are a few examples.
- An injury that impacts your ability to work
- An injury that requires surgery
- An injury that requires ongoing care or medical visits
- An injury that impacts your typical job duties, but doesn't impact your ability to work in general
Basically, if your injury impacts your ability to work in anyway, you will need a lawyer. It's at that point you need to think about how you will pay for ongoing medical treatment and how you will make money going forward.
Getting Snared in the System
When workers compensation goes from simple to more complex, odd things can start to happen.
- You can be denied over technicalities and discrepancies
- You can appeal and face another denial
- You can receive benefits that are not adequate nor commensurate to your needs and injury
- You can suddenly lose your benefits for any of a number of things
In all of these situations, a workers compensation lawyer becomes a necessity. They know workers compensation law and procedures. And since these laws and procedures vary by state, they will also know the local caveats. They can help you figure out what you should do at each step and what you can expect.
Getting the money you deserve from your work related injury shouldn't turn into a battle, but it can. Don't wait until that happens. Speak to a lawyer immediately.