If you’ve been injured on the job, you’re probably wondering whether you need to hire an attorney, or handle the claim yourself. If you’ve been injured and have made a workers’ compensation claim, some employers will accept the claim as compensable and begin paying benefits. If you have a minor injury, the employer typically pays all your bills until you’re able to return to work. This scenario is sometimes referred to as a “medical only” claim and you may not need an attorney. However, for more complex claims, and even with small claims where it appears the employer is not disputing the claim, the proper forms are not always completed or filed by the employee or employer. An experienced attorney can make sure the proper legal forms are filed in order to protect your interest and ensure you avoid missing filing deadlines. There are certain time limits in which to must take certain action in a workers’ compensation claim. Further, the type and extent of benefits available can often be hard to understand. If you decide to settle your case, you will be asked to sign complicated legal documents. An experienced attorney can ensure you are receiving a fair settlement and that your rights are protected. Further, most attorneys will provide a consultation at no charge to discuss your case and will let you know whether the attorney can assist with your claim.
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If you have been injured on the job, you should contact an experienced attorney to help.