Wondering whether or not you should hire a workers’ compensation lawyer? The answer depends on the complexity of your case. Employers and workers' comp insurers regularly reject workers' claims because they’re confident that most workers won’t appeal the decision. Almost 80% of people hurt at work simply accept the denial of their claim without appealing. Hiring a workers' comp lawyer increases your chances of receiving a fair settlement for your injuries.
You might be able to get by without a lawyer if you:
- Suffered a minor workplace injury (twisted ankle, small cuts, etc.)
- Missed little or no work because of injury
- Don’t have a pre-existing condition
- Employer admits the injury occurred at work
When to Hire A Workers’ Comp Lawyer
If the circumstances of your case are more complex than those listed above, you should hire a lawyer. A workers’ compensation attorney can provide an honest appraisal of your case and inform you about potential pitfalls in your defense. You should seek legal assistance if your:
- Employer denies your claim or you do not receive your benefits
- Employer's settlement offer doesn't cover your total lost wages or medical bills
- Medical issues keep you from returning to your job or from performing any work
- Boss retaliates against you for filing a claim
Insurance companies have teams of highly trained lawyers on their side working to keep you from receiving fair compensation. Hiring an experienced workers' comp attorney can help tilt the scales in your favor. Not only can a lawyer help you file the necessary forms to meet important deadlines, but they can also help to develop medical evidence that documents the severity of your condition. More importantly, a workers' comp attorney can evaluate any settlement offer to make sure you are compensated fairly.
Have you been injured at work? Has your employer denied your workers’ comp claim? Contact our Richmond workers’ compensation lawyers to schedule your free consultation. Our attorneys have handled thousands of cases on behalf of injured and disabled workers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Let us help you today!