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What Are Some Signs That You Need Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

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What Are Some Signs That You Need Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

Being hurt on the job seems like a relatively simple situation since you would likely report the accident to your employer and move on. However, getting workers’ compensation insurance payments is not necessarily easy, and many people find themselves in a situation where they are concerned about how to recover the maximum compensation that they are owed. 

Schedule a time to meet with an experienced and dedicated workers' compensation lawyer if you find yourself in this situation, because you may recognize that you need a workers' comp lawyer to help you navigate the process. Early on, after notifying your employer that an accident has happened, you might start researching signs for if you need a workers' compensation lawyer. 

If you're seeing the signs you need a workers' compensation lawyer, know that having the assistance of an attorney can impact whether or not you would be successful in moving forward with a legal claim. So, it is strongly recommended that you have the support of a dedicated lawyer to guide you through that process. With so many different things to consider in recovering compensation, the sooner you engage a workers' compensation lawyer, the easier it will be for you to navigate these legal steps and to get the help that you need to recover compensation. 

It can be very frustrating to realize that an accident or illness obtained from your job is making it impossible for you to go back to work or has impacted your overall ability to perform in your role. It can be even more frustrating to discover that what you thought would be the simple process of recovering workers’ compensation benefits ends up being far more difficult. What happens if you get denied for workers' compensation benefits? Or if you encounter challenges with the insurance agent and are not able to get the valuable payments that you need to put the pieces of your life back together? 

Read on to learn more about some of the signs you need a workers' compensation lawyer so that you can decide how to proceed.

You Have Been Diagnosed With a Rare Illness

It can be very difficult to convince the workers' compensation insurance company to cover you in the event that you have been diagnosed with a very rare or strange condition. However, being diagnosed with this condition can certainly have impacts on your ability to return to work or in how you feel on a day-to-day basis. This means that you need to present a compelling case about how your life has been changed by this accident or sudden illness. You may need to involve medical experts and significant medical histories to tell the stories of your injuries. Make sure that you recognize this as a sign you need a workers' compensation lawyer. 

You Will Be Unable to Work Your Job at All

In some cases, you might be able to return to work after several weeks or even months of treatment. But what happens if your injuries are so severe that you find it difficult to return to work at all. A workers' compensation lawyer can help you evaluate all of the most important facets of your legal claim and increase your chances of compensation recovery. This can be one of the clearest signs to get a workers' compensation lawyer because the workers' comp evaluators might believe that you are capable of returning to work or in working in another position. However, if you have spent a significant amount of your life training for the role you are in or are not able to perform in the new assigned role, you want to have a lawyer advocate who understands many of these critical concerns and can advise you about what your options are. 

Your Workers' Compensation Claim Has Been Denied

Perhaps there is nothing so frustrating as submitting all of your material in a timely manner and providing plenty of evidence only to learn that your workers' comp claim has been completely denied. If this has already happened to you, you have a short period of time in which to legally respond and attempt to recover compensation. You should not continue with your legal claim without hiring a lawyer at this point. 

Many workers' comp applicants realize how frustrating the process is and give up after this stage, but you may be able to make a full recovery of the compensation owed if you stick with it and review your case with a workers' comp lawyer. Do not give up and feel as if this is the end of the road if you have already approached this point. Use this as a sign to get a workers' comp lawyer so that you can have your case evaluated by someone with no immediate stakes in it and who has familiarity with the most legal aspects of worker comp claims in your state. 

Your Employer Is Retaliating Against You

It is against the law for employers to retaliate against employees who have filed legitimate workers' comp claims. Unfortunately, this practice can and does still happen even when you have followed all of the proper protocol for submitting information about your injury. It can be more frustrating to realize that not only will you have to deal with the hassle of a workers' comp claim, but now you might also have grounds for a separate retaliation case against your employer. 

This puts you in a difficult position if you intend to keep your position of employment, and it is in these moments that you realize this is a sign you need a workers' compensation lawyer who can help advise you about your rights and the best way to proceed. In these circumstances don't attempt to handle the case on your own as this could be especially difficult and the future of your career and your rights are on the line. 

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  • Will My Workers’ Comp Case Settle?

    Each state has very specific rules around how workers’ comp cases are managed, usually through a board or judicial system. This is because the process should unfold the same for every case. However, even with this process in place, some people have a harder time getting their workers’ comp case approved. You need to be prepared for the possibility of being denied your claim or experiencing trouble getting full benefits. If this happens to you, a workers’ comp lawyer can sit down with you to discuss how to respond to those claims with a goal of getting you maximum compensation for your injuries. 

  • What if My Claim Is Denied Twice?

    As mentioned above, every state has rules around the workers’ comp claim process. These usually do not end after one or two denials, but these can be more complicated cases. It’s recommended that you involve a trusted and experienced workers’ comp lawyer to help you handle your situation at that point. Most people who go through this give up due to frustration and all the lost time, but having a lawyer evaluate your case can provide you with options moving forward so that you can make the best decision for you. 

  • What if I Can’t Go Back to Work?

    If your workers’ comp assigned doctor is telling you to go back to work or that your injuries should be healed, don’t stop advocating for yourself. If your experience with the pain and conditions is different from what the doctor is suggesting, continue to document your lived experience. You might also see your own medical team during this time. Although the state mostly looks at the assigned doctor’s notes and information when deciding your future as it relates to work, you cannot always count on this person to document things the way you want. 

    You might need to tell a compelling story of how your incident has changed your life, and you might want a dedicated and talented workers’ comp lawyer to help you with that process. There’s no doubt that your finances will be impacted by an inability to return to work, so please share these concerns with your workers’ comp attorney. 

  • What Evidence Supports My Claim?

    By and large, most workers’ comp cases come down to medical records. However, you can also keep notes and journals to document your own experience. This information can help tell the bigger story and back up what doctors are saying or in showcasing how your life has been affected. If you suffer from pain on a regular basis, you’ll want to keep notes about this as well as your own notes about your doctor visits so that you can remember what you discussed and when. These details might become important down the line. 

  • Where Should I Start? 

    If you have recognized the signs that a workers' comp attorney could assist you in your case, you can reach out to the experts at Morgan & Morgan for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to get started. 

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