Depending on the type of work you do and the safety risks present in your workplace, there may be circumstances where you find yourself getting injured and unable to work. The question that would most definitely come to your mind would be – what happens now?
Medical bills will pile up as you undergo treatments for recovery. The bigger problem, however, is the disruption in your cash flow, as your incapacity to work would impede your capability to earn money.
So, what happens to all those lost wages? Will you be compensated for all the days and working hours you missed because of your injuries? Can you make a claim for compensation on your own, or do you need to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer to help you out?
The direct answer to these is, yes, you can get compensation. Regarding the need for a compensation lawyer, it all depends on three important factors:
● Nature and severity of your injuries
● The overall complexity of your accident or injury case
● Actions or Inaction of your Company / Insurance Company
The following provides an overview of how you can gain compensation or lost wages because of injuries resulting from your work. Also, the considerations that will tell you if you can make a claim on your own, or need a lawyer to expedite your case for you.
What Does a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Do?
Many businesses, especially large corporations, have a lawyer or a team of lawyers that handle the compensation issue of an injured employee. As hired professionals or consultants, their primary mandate is to help the company save money from legal matters – and this may not necessarily lean towards your favor when you’re making a compensation claim.
These lawyers are highly trained in what they do, know the laws and all the loopholes well, and would try to find every means legally possible to benefit the company they represent. You, on the other hand, are not a lawyer, and probably do not know about compensation law (which differ per state).
A workers’ compensation lawyer, on the other hand, represents employees who need to claim lost wages or compensation due to a work injury. There are benefits to having an attorney on your side, but not all instances require it. As you read on, we will explain when you should or should not.
When Should You NOT HIRE a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Even if you do not hire the assistance of a workers’ compensation lawyer, you can still go ahead and make a lost wages claim on your own accord, as long as it falls in the following instances:
● Injuries incurred are undisputedly work-related / employer admits it is work-related
● Minor injuries incurred at work that heals completely with minor treatment or does not require extensive or major treatment
● The number of days you were not able to work are just a few and not for extended periods
● Does not involve permanent injuries
● You do not have a pre-existing medical condition in a similar area where you got injured
When Should You HIRE a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
There are cases that you need to get the assistance of a certified workers’ compensation lawyer. These include but are not limited to the following instances:
● Your initial claim was denied by your employer and refused to pay your benefits
● The settlement offer provided by your employer or your employer’s insurance lawyer does not cover all your medical bills and the lost wages you incurred
● Your injuries and medical treatments prevent you from returning to your work or hinder you from performing your job function
● If you are planning to apply or have received Social Security disability benefits
● Because of your filing of a workers’ compensation claim, your boss or employer has done something against you as retaliation. This includes but is not limited to: demotion, reduced pay, discrimination, slashed hours, or illegal dismissal.
● Your injuries were caused by serious misconduct by your employer or by someone other your employer
In these cases, you will need the help of a certified and experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who truly understands your needs. Our Personal Injury Attorneys from The Brown firm have the necessary skills and experience to give helpful legal advice or to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Visit our website or contact us at (912) 200-9755 for a Free Consultation to discuss the nature of your case.