Although there is no law which says you
need to hire a lawyer, in practical terms and regardless of how you feel about
attorneys, it is difficult to handle a workers' compensation case on your own.
With trained adjustors working for the insurance companies who have lawyers at
their everyday disposal, hiring a qualified attorney is essential. Unless your
case is extremely simple, a good lawyer is important to protect your rights.
Trying to handle your own case may save you a penny but cost you a pound in the
Hiring a lawyer is critical in any of the
- The employer denies you were injured on the job
- The carrier has denied benefits
- You cannot get medical treatment
- You are not getting paid
- The adjustor promises benefits or care which never
- An attorney for the employer or insurance company
contacts you and wants to take a deposition
- You want to sue a third person- You begin to represent
yourself and you encounter someone on the other side who
is particularly difficult and is trying to take advantage of
your lack of legal expertise
These are but a few of the situations
which arise and should make you consider hiring an attorney. Remember, the more
problems you encounter, the more you probably need representation.
Workerscompensation.com makes finding and
choosing a lawyer easy. To find a qualified attorney, go to your city and
search and review the attorneys listed. Many have links to their firms where
you can peruse the information or you can call or write to the attorneys and
request they provide you with written or oral information about their
credentials. Call or write and make an appointment. We only list attorneys who
practice in the area of workers' compensation and who have experience in this
field. Remember, the hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should
not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask the lawyer to
send you free written information or view their Website about their
qualifications and experience.
Choosing a lawyer is a personal matter. A
lawyer generally has 19 years of formal education and must have passed a
difficult exam to be able to practice law. This training combined with his
legal experience constitutes his education. His education and experience are
primary considerations along with the proven ability in the field of workers'
compensation. Board certification shows that the practitioner has a high degree
of experience and ability. Because there is a continuing relationship between
the lawyer and the injured worker as a client, the personal nature of the
relationship must also be considered.
Most workers' compensation attorneys work
on a contingency basis. That is, if they do not get you money, they do not
charge you. In addition, in many situations, the employer/carrier may have to
pay any fee or costs.