Understanding Car Accident Claims

3 Reasons To Hire A Workers' Compensation Attorney

by Lois Gibson

The best thing that you can do after having been injured while going about your work duties is to hire a workers' compensation attorney, mostly because the attorney can take steps to protect you once you have filed a workers' compensation claim and potentially get you more money. Listed below are three reasons to hire a workers' compensation attorney:

They Don't Get Paid Unless You Do

One of the biggest reasons that many individuals fail to hire an attorney when filing a claim is that they believe that they are going to have to pay a lot of money up front to their attorney, which can be a bit difficult after having sustained an injury and being unable to work. However, you should not let that fear keep you from hiring an attorney to help you with your claim because many workers' compensation attorneys will only charge contingency fees.

What this means for you is that if you fail to get a settlement or have your claim approved, the workers' compensation attorney will simply move on without charging you anything. However, if your claim is approved or you get a settlement offer, the attorney will get a percentage of that money.

They Can Provide Protection From A Hostile Workplace

Another reason to hire a workers' compensation attorney is to deal with the potential blowback or illegal consequences of filing a workers compensation claim. For example, if you find that your employer is deliberately trying to make your life miserable once you come back to work after filing a claim by either cutting your hours or demoting you, you can inform your attorney. In that situation, your attorney can contact your employer and point out that what they are doing is highly illegal or take your employer to court in order to sue for damages related to a hostile workplace or wrongful termination if your employer fires you shortly after you filed a workers' compensation claim.

They Can Get You A Better Settlement

Finally, a workers' compensation attorney can help you ensure that you are actually getting a fair settlement from your employer. In many cases, your employer or their insurance company may try to give you an offer that is actually not going to be able to cover anything beyond your lost wages or basic medical care. However, your attorney can fight to make sure that not only do you get your lost wages, but you can also potentially be compensated for any pain and suffering, emotional distress, and even long-term medical care if your injury has long-term consequences that may limit your ability to work at your previous level.

Contact an attorney in your area today in order to discuss your workers' compensation case and to determine how the attorney may be able to get you more money or help you throughout the case. You will want to hire a workers' compensation attorney because they don't get paid unless you do, they can provide protection from a hostile workplace, and they can get you a better settlement.

Contact a law firm like the Law Offices of Terry Katz & Associates for more information and assistance.