Do I Need a Workers’ Comp Lawyer?
March 20, 2019
Workers’ compensation is generally a streamlined process designed for employees to receive proper treatment and reimbursement if they were injured at work. If the injury is minor and the whole claim is straightforward, or if you miss little to no work due to the injury, then you most likely would be able to represent yourself in the workers’ compensation case.
There are certain instances, though, where it is strongly advisable to consult a workers’ compensation lawyer for help with your claim. The system itself is designed to be fair for employees, but the employers and their insurance companies typically have a team of lawyers that can make things complicated very quickly. If you ever have any questions involving your workers’ compensation case, or any insurance claims, consulting a lawyer is customarily a good idea, regardless of the complexity of the case.
Handling Your Own Claim
Normally, you would not need to hire a lawyer for a workers’ compensation case if the injury is very minor and recovery is quick. Other cases when a lawyer may not be necessary include:
- If your injury at work is obvious and easy to prove, and there are no pre-existing conditions related to the injury
- If your injury is not permanent and does not require extensive treatment
- If your employer or the insurance company do not and have no reason to dispute the injury or the claim
When to Hire a Lawyer
Workers’ compensation claims can become very complicated. In many instances, hiring a lawyer would greatly benefit you and your case, or may even be completely necessary.
- If the injury is permanent or if there is a pre-existing condition related to the injury; or if medical treatment is extensive or hard to obtain
- If the injury causes you to miss a considerable amount of work, or if you are unable to return to work at all
- If the injury or claim is disputed or denied by your employer or insurance company; or if you are ordered to receive an independent medical evaluation
- If the employer does not provide your compensation in a prompt or fair manner, or if they have retaliated against you because of the claim, or in some cases, terminated your job because of the injury or claim
- Your employer’s insurance coverage does not adequately cover your treatment, loss of wages, or expenses
- Your work injury was caused by a negligent third party, or your employer intentionally injured you
Worker’s compensation lawyers can also obtain the proper information or proof you need to successfully complete your claim. They can ensure necessary forms and documents are complete and turned in on time; help provide evidence to support your claim; and negotiate your settlement with insurance companies, helping to alleviate stress in an already complex situation.
Contact a Workers’ Comp Lawyer in Philadelphia at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. For Help With Your Work Injury Claim
If you have been injured or have become ill at work and are fighting for your benefits, or your workers’ compensation claim is being disputed, it is in your best interest to contact a workers’ comp lawyer in Philadelphia at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Our experienced lawyers can help you navigate the workers’ compensation process and will fight for the compensation you rightly deserve. Call us today at 888-PITT-LAW or contact us through our online form to arrange a free consultation.
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