A worker who is injured at the workplace is bound to face numerous medical and financial problems.
The workers’ compensation system is designed to pay for medical expenses and lost wages, but an injured worker may question if they should hire a lawyer to protect their rights. The decision to hire an attorney will depend on numerous factors.
How Would a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help?
A workers’ compensation attorney can help you with the workers’ compensation claim and educate you on the legal theories and rights if you need to file a civil lawsuit. The lawyer can help you recover your losses resulting from injury and reduce the frustration and paperwork associated with the insurance and legal claim. Recovering your losses include medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and future medical costs.
When Should You Hire a Lawyer?
It is best to hire a lawyer as early in the process as possible, because any delay can prove to be a costly mistake. An injured worker should consult an attorney within 1-2 weeks of the accident. If the insurance company comes to you with a settlement offer, it is advised that you avoid signing it until you have consulted with an attorney.
The Initial Consultation
Most attorneys offer a free consultation to determine if they can take your case. Before you visit the lawyer for consultation, make sure you gather detailed information about the accident, your injuries, and financial losses. Bring all relevant documents such as your employment contract, medical records, photographs of injuries or the accident scene, and records of missed work. This will help the lawyer to evaluate your case and to recommend a suitable course of action. Consult a lawyer who has experience not only with workers’ compensation claims but also with product liability and personal injury claims and is experienced in dealing with insurance companies, safety authorities, and employers.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, consult with The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (816) 399-3706 for a free consultation.