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If you were hurt on the job, you’re probably wondering whether you should hire an attorney for help with your workers’ compensation claim. While you can certainly proceed on your own, there are several scenarios in which it’s wise to seek legal counsel. Generally speaking, the complexity of your case, which includes the nature of your injury or illness and the actions of your employer, will determine whether hiring a lawyer would be worthwhile.
If ALL of the following apply, you may be able to represent yourself without issue:
If, on the other hand, you were severely injured or your employer seems reluctant to acknowledge that workers’ compensation allies, you should contact an attorney right away. A seasoned workers’ comp lawyer can:
Unfortunately, both employers and their insurance carriers have incentive to deny or at least devaluate the workers’ compensation claims they face. Because your employer doesn’t want to incur higher premiums, for example, they may refuse to be cooperative. And since the insurer will want to protect their bottom line, they may try to shift liability to a third party, argue that your injury was not work-related, or assert that you had a preexisting condition.
As such, workers who have been seriously injured should expect some degree of resistance against their claim. An attorney can protect your rights and help you pursue the benefits you deserve. If you don’t have a lawyer by your side from day one, you could make a critical mistake early in the proceedings that hurts your chances of recovering compensation down the road.
If you were hurt while acting within the scope of your employment, turn to Hodge & Langley Law Firm for help with your workers’ compensation claim. Our team has almost 50 years of combined experience in the legal field. Call 864-585-3873 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer in Spartanburg.
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