There are many reasons you should hire a workers’ comp attorney even if your claim is accepted. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide wage loss benefits and to cover medical costs for workers who have been injured in the workplace. But just because the workers’ compensation system is in place to help injured workers, don’t assume you won’t need a workers’ comp lawyer if your claim is accepted. Workers’ comp is funded by employers and insurance companies and they may not want to pay out the full amount of compensation you are entitled to
What can a workers comp attorney do for me?
If you’ve experienced an injury or illness at work, a workers’ comp lawyer can help you pursue the benefits that you deserve. They will help you understand which benefits you’re entitled to for medical costs, lost wages, and disability.
Keep in mind, the insurance company and your employer have the insurance adjuster along with nurses,lawyers and billions of dollars as advocates. A workers’ comp lawyer will look out for your best interests.
Why should I hire a workers’ comp attorney for an accepted claim?
You may think the workers’ comp insurance adjuster, the nurse case manager, and your employer’s human resources person are looking out for you now, but at some point in the near or distant future, you won’t feel that way. They’ll decide you’ve been injured too long and will work to manipulate your medical care and medical providers in order to get them to release you from care and say your injury is no longer from work. Maybe your employer will decide it can’t keep your job open any more and fire you. Perhaps the nurse case manager will tell your doctor you’re a malingerer, even though you’re not. There are myriad ways in which your claim can go awry if you continue to trust that the insurance company is looking out for you. Other ways include offering you a premature (and far too low) settlement when you’re nowhere near finished treating.
In some situations you may not necessarily need representation for your workers’ comp claim, however this is the exception, not the rule. If you have a workplace injury in Georgia, I strongly encourage consulting (for free!) with my office to see how we can help be your advocate during your recovery from a workplace accident.