If you are injured in a work-related accident you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits that will cover your medical costs and part of any wages lost while you recover from your injury. It is not required to use a lawyer to file your Workers’ Compensation claim; but in some instances, using a lawyer could really make a difference in the outcome of your case, including the amount of benefits you receive. The following information can help you determine if you should consider using a lawyer when filing your Workers’ Compensation claim.
Is Your Case Relatively Straightforward?
Some cases are so straightforward that you should be able to file for benefits on your own. Complex cases, such as those involving serious injuries affecting more than one area of the body, are best handled by an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer. He or she will understand the ins and outs of the system and the various situations that arise with different injuries.
If you have no pre-existing condition affecting your body in the same place where you were injured at work; the injury was minor enough that you were not out of work for an extended period; and your employer agrees that your injury occurred on the job, then you have a straightforward case for which you can represent yourself.
You will have to make sure you file all the appropriate paperwork by the associated deadlines. Our Workers’ Compensation lawyers offer an initial consultation free of charge so if you have questions or just need a second opinion on the process and if you can handle it yourself, you should schedule an appointment for a review of your case.
Every claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits is unique, but there are certain complications which indicate the need for professional legal representation. These are some examples of when you need a lawyer:
- Denial of your claim – Unfortunately, some employers reject a claim and wait to see if the employee will appeal. Hiring a lawyer to represent you gives you a better chance of getting the compensation you deserve. The same is true if your employer does not pay your benefits promptly.
- Permanent disability resulting from your work injury – If you have a partial or total permanent disability, you may be owed weekly benefit payments to make up for your lost wages and a good lawyer can make sure you get them.
- Your settlement does not cover your medical costs or lost wages – If the settlement offer from your employer is not enough to cover your expenses you should consult with an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer who can negotiate a better one.
- Retaliation – An employer who retaliates against a worker who files a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits is in violation of the law. If your employer demotes you, reduces your hours or your pay because you filed a work injury claim, you have a right to take legal action.
- Third party claims – You cannot sue your employer for your injuries, but if a third party such as a vendor, installer, or manufacturer showed negligence that contributed to your work injury, your lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim against them.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Assist Injured Workers
If you have questions or need assistance with your claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits, the dedicated Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. can help. Call us at 888-999-1962 or contact us online. We represent injured workers in the Philadelphia area, South Jersey, and in North Carolina.