If you are dealing with a workers compensation claim, you may not have even thought about hiring an attorney to help you. However, in many cases, it is best to avoid working on your case alone. These are three main reasons why.
1. You Probably Don't Know the Law
If you don't have much experience in dealing with workers compensation claims, you may not know much about the laws surrounding them. This means that even if your employer or the insurance company are breaking the law, such as requiring you to come back to work before you doctor releases you, then you may not even realize it or do anything about it. In this type of situation, your employer and the insurance company will often look out for their own best interests, not yours. Having an attorney will mean that you will have a skilled, experienced legal professional by your side to tell you more about the laws and who will help ensure that the laws are being followed in your case.
2. You Might Say the Wrong Thing
It can be easy to accidentally admit fault for a work-related injury without even meaning to or to say other things that might somehow jeopardize your case. For example, saying that you did some sort of physical activity could even be used against you as "proof" that your injury is not legitimate. Because of this, it is often best to avoid talking to the insurance company any more than necessary, but this can be difficult to do when you're handling the case yourself. If you hire an attorney, however, your lawyer can do as much of the talking as possible.
3. You May Not Get the Settlement You Deserve
When you're unable to work and are looking at a big number, it can be easy to say yes and accept the settlement. However, it is important to think about things like how long you will be out of work when deciding whether or not to take a settlement. A good workers compensation attorney has a good knowledge of the compensation packages that are generally offered and can help you determine if your settlement offer is fair. If not, your attorney will know what to do to help fight for more.
As you can see, it often isn't a good idea to handle your own workers compensation case on your own. Instead, consider contacting an experienced local lawyer for a consultation. Contact a firm like Freedman, Wagner, Tabakman & Weiss for more information.