Work-related injuries tend to throw a wrench in our plans, both on the job and at home. However, when it happens, is it necessary to hire an attorney to represent you in a case?
There are instances when you might be the right person for the job, without needing to hire an attorney. This can be the case when the injury is minor, such as a small cut or a rolled ankle, and it required little to no medical care; when an employer admits the injury happened on the job and didn't contest that; when there's no pre-existing condition to inflame with the latest injury; and if the injured person hardly missed any work.
In that case, there's a chance you can get the issue figured out on your own. However, the severity of your injury, how it happened, the complexity of the injury and its effects on your ability to work, and the employer's perspective can all affect how a case turns out.
It's a good idea to go over even a simple-seeming case with an attorney, but especially if your case involves an insurance company that denies your claim or the settlement from the employer doesn't pay for all of your lost wages and medical bills.
Checking with an attorney is also a good idea if the injury and medical issues prevent you from going back to your previous job or limit what you can do, or if you plan to or already receive Social Security benefits.
Hiring an attorney can benefit your workers' compensation claim because you've got someone on your side who knows the rules and regulations and knows what you're entitled to as an injured worker beyond the main medical care.
If there's a question about whether you should take on legal assistance to figure out how to pay for your work-related injury, the attorneys at Terrazas Henkel P.C. are ready to take your call at 406-541-2550.