You’ve been hurt on the job and you may be wondering if you even need a Delray Beach worker’s compensation lawyer to help you. The truth is, it is going to depend on your case. That might not be what you want to hear, but in the long run, it might simply be easier to not lawyer up. The experienced team at Franks, Koenig, & Neuwelt know that filing a claim against worker’s compensation can be difficult and that is why we do want to help.
Just how do you know if you even need a lawyer in the first place?
When isn’t a Lawyer Necessary?
In many cases, you’ll find that a lawyer isn’t necessary at all. If you’ve suffered a minor injury at work and it completely heals with the treatment you most likely won’t need to hire a lawyer. See, most insurance companies are unlikely to dispute claims that are like the following:
- Injuries are clearly work-related
- Injuries that don’t require extensive medical treatment
- Injuries that don’t involve a long period of time off work
- Injuries that don’t result in permanent injuries
Not all injuries are made equal. For example, if you sprained your ankle after you slipped at work and go to the doctor you most likely have a simple treatment plan. Your doctor would likely order you to ice your ankle, take some pain relievers, and stay on bed rest for a few days. If you work a desk job you are likely to be able to return to work quickly and your ankle heals. In this case, the doctor’s visit would be covered and you most likely wouldn’t even receive wage loss benefits because you were out a few days.
When is a Lawyer Necessary?
If you are going to file a dispute with the insurance company, you should consider having a lawyer represent you. When you dispute a claim you are going to have to gather evidence in order to challenge the insurance company’s position, which may include taking depositions, hiring an expert witness, and many other things that require legal knowledge and skill. Here are some reasons you should consider hiring a lawyer to represent you:
- Your Claim is Denied: There are many reasons that an insurance company will deny workers’ compensation claims. For example, the insurance company may say your injury isn’t work-related or you filed too late. You can appeal the denial and a lawyer is helpful in helping you get through all the paperwork.
- Your Permanent Disability Rating is Disputed: Many cases belong to this section. If the insurance company thinks the rating is fit they will assign you to an independent medical examination with a doctor of their choosing. Often this lowers your rating and can be detrimental to you.
- Treatment is Difficult to Get: Insurance companies often deny or delay expensive medical treatments. This can lead to more injures and a lawyer can help put pressure on the insurance company
Here at Franks, Koenig, & Neuwelt, we have experienced Delray Beach workers’ compensation lawyers that can help you get the compensation you need. If you need help don’t hesitate to reach out and learn more about what we can do for you today.