Should I Wait to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
The best way to ensure that your workers’ compensation claim is successful is to retain an attorney as soon as the injury happens. Let’s face it, you will be busy seeing a doctor or being treated at the emergency room and dealing with all sorts of issues. While you still need to notify your employer as soon as possible, an attorney can do everything else. In addition, this will give you the protection you need when navigating a process that can become complicated.
So Why Would I Need an Attorney?
As we said, a workers’ compensation claim can become complex, sometimes from the beginning but often as it moves along. Insurers are not always generous as they evaluate your claim. In fact, they may push back, questioning every part of it. Of course, that is their right, but on many occasions, they do this to save money. They may ascertain that your injury is not as serious as you say it is even if a doctor verified it. Other insurers may simply deny it. Let’s look at the steps you must take as soon as you are injured on the job.
Get Examined By a Medical Professional
The first thing you need to do is seek medical help. The type of help you need will vary depending on the intensity of your injury. Although the injury may not seem grave at the outset, many injuries evolve over time. That is to say, as time goes by, more symptoms will emerge and your condition may worsen. It is crucial to be evaluated and receive insight into what symptoms you might expect.
For serious injuries, you may need to be seen in the emergency room. If this is the case, you may want to be transported there by ambulance. Driving there may aggravate an already severe injury. Remember you need your employer’s permission to see a doctor or your claim may not be covered by workers’ comp.
Inform Your Employer
You have 90 days to let your employer know you have been injured. If your employer is not told of your injury before that deadline, you could lose your right to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, it is better to let them know as soon as possible after being injured.
Negotiations Go Better With a Workers’ Compensation Attorney By Your Side
It is well known that having an attorney can lead to a much higher settlement. Negotiations are often a big part of the settlement process, and an attorney is trained to negotiate. The Morris Law Firm has lawyers with exemplary negotiation skills. Not only that, but the insurers know that while Morris Law’s attorneys are comfortable at the negotiation table, they are just as efficient in civil court.
A Workers’ Compensation Hearing Can Be Complex
The workers’ compensation hearing can be stressful if you go it alone. Having an attorney at your side makes a big difference both in your anxiety level and in the outcome. When your claim has been denied, you will need to prove your case. To do this, you need a solid understanding of workers’ comp law and knowledge of your rights in this situation. Fortunately, your workers’ compensation lawyer has both.
Morris Law in Myrtle Beach
Morris Law is the go-to law firm for workers’ comp claims. We have successfully resolved many claims in our clients’ favor. Reach out to us at (843) 232-0944 or contact us online. Let us help you obtain the benefits you need to get through a difficult time.