If any of the following are true, you should retain an attorney as soon as possible:
1. Your workplace injuries are severe enough to require surgery.
2. Your workplace injuries are moderate to severe. If you and your doctor believe your health won’t return to the condition it was prior to your injury, you may be entitled to a “permanent partial disability” award.
3. You believe you are no longer able to work on a regular basis in any job.
4. You believe you cannot go back to work at your current job, but believe you could work in some capacity.
5. You have significant pre-existing disabilities.
6. You would like to dispute an adverse decision made by your employer, your employer’s insurance company, or your state’s workers’ comp division regarding your workers’ compensation claim.
7. You believe you are not receiving the correct benefits, or wonder if there are additional benefits you could receive.
8. Your medical benefits are denied.
9. Your employer has disputed a decision made by your state workers’ comp division.
10. You do not understand the workers’ comp process and would feel more comfortable if an expert were representing your interests.
Regardless of the circumstances of your workers’ compensation claim, you are entitled to obtain an attorney. If your injuries are severe enough that your life will be permanently altered, either because of permanent bodily impairment or a change in ability to work, a workers’ com lawyer will be able to advocate on your behalf to ensure that you receive the medical care and workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to. In addition, if your injury may keep you from working permanently, a lawyer can advise you about filing for Social Security disability benefits as well.
Most states offer vocational services to individuals that are unable to return to work in their former jobs due to an industrial injury. A workers’ comp attorney can assist you in navigating the system so that you are most likely to receive retraining or monetary payment to assist you while you obtain alternate employment.
If any aspect of your claim is in dispute with your employer, or your employer’s insurance company, it is important for you to obtain an attorney. In many states, the dispute process is highly legal, involving complex legal rules and procedures. You will likely be at a disadvantage if you do not retain an attorney to represent your interests in these proceedings.
If you have been injured and are receiving workman’s compensation, please do not hesitate to contact the Northland Injury Law firm for a free consultation at 816-400-4878. An attorney experienced in the field of worker’s compensation law will be ready to advise you of your options and counsel you through this difficult time.