Were you recently injured while at work? Is your employer trying to avoid compensating you for your injuries? It's not uncommon for employers to try to avoid paying employees for injuries that occurred while on the job. They will do many things, from denying the injury took place at work to trying to claim that you're not even injured at all. In order to get what you deserve, you may need to hire a workers' compensation attorney to help you with your case. Some things that a lawyer can do for you include:
Instant credibility: Some people think that faking an injury is the fastest way to get extra money for themselves. They may even be under the impression that they'll be able to get enough money this way to never have to work again. While this isn't exactly true, it doesn't stop people from trying. Because of this, insurance companies may be wary of anyone who claims that they suffered an injury and who also don't have a workers' compensation attorney. By getting an attorney on your side, you'll prove that a third party thinks that your claim has some merit, and the insurance company will more likely to pay attention to you as a result.
Faster settlement: In order to avoid paying out on false claims, employers and their insurance companies have a tendency to put a lot of red tape in place. While this does deter some people, it will also put roadblocks in place for people, such as yourself, with legitimate claims. A workers' compensation attorney will have the knowledge and the experience to cut through as much of that red tape as possible. With less red tape to deal with, you'll be getting your money much more quickly than you would otherwise obtain it.
More money: When you are injured, it can be tempting to just take the first settlement offer that you get. If you do this, however, you're signing away your claim to get more money later if it turns out that your injuries are more extensive and more serious than you initially thought. Although a workers' compensation attorney isn't a doctor, his or her experience with past cases will give him or her a good idea as to how serious your injuries might be and how much compensation you're actually due. He or she will let you know whether a particular offer seems fair or if you should expect more money if you wait a little longer