May 7, 2015

Workers’ Compensation: Getting Legal Help

If you have been injured on the job, you are most likely entitled to compensation. This compensation should not only cover the medical expenses for your injuries, but also missed salary for any days that you’re unable to work because of your injury. In some cases, getting workers’ compensation is a relatively simple matter that you can handle on your own, while at other times it is best to let an attorney represent you. Keep reading to find out more about hiring a workers’ compensation attorney.

When Do You Need a Lawyer?

Most of the time, if you experience a minor injury on the job and it is fully covered by your employer’s insurance, you won’t need a workers’ comp lawyer. However, you should talk with a lawyer for more complicated situations. Here are some reasons to seek a lawyer’s help:

• Your injury leaves you permanently disabled.
• Your injury requires extensive therapy.
• You are unable to resume work or must change jobs because of your injury.
• Your injury caused you significant emotional trauma.
• You have a pre-existing illness, injury, or disability.
• Your workplace injury occurred over a long period of time (exposure to asbestos, etc.).
• Some or all of your compensation is denied by your employer or their insurance company.

What to Expect from Your Lawyer

Most workers’ comp attorneys will meet with you for a free initial consultation to determine if they can help you. They also often work on a contingency basis, meaning that you will only have to pay them if you win your case. Once you hire a lawyer, he will take charge of contacting your doctor, insurance companies, and anyone else involved in your case to gather as much information as possible about your injury. He will also speak on your behalf during a trial if one becomes necessary. However, it is important to know that most workers’ compensation cases are settled out of court and do not need to go to trial.

At the Law Office of Nathaniel F. Hansford, we’ll work hard to make sure you get the compensation you’re entitled to. Contact us to find out how we can help you with your workers’ comp case.