When Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Sometimes the workers’ comp process goes smoothly. Your employer’s HR department is responsive, and supportive, helping to guide you through the process. If this is the case, congratulations. You don’t need an attorney. You can probably get by without a lawyer if:
- You have a minor injury that requires little medical intervention.
- You missed little or no work due to your workplace injury or illness.
- You have no pre-existing conditions that were made worse by your on-the-job injury.
- Your employer approves your claim and pays you promptly.
On the other hand, there are cases when workers would be well-advised to consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer who can answer their questions, educate them about their rights, and, if needed, represent them at hearings or in court.
Contact one of our Ravenna workers’ compensation lawyers if you are faced with:
- A denied workers’ comp claim or a delayed payment. Unfortunately, the initial response of some employers and insurance companies is to reject even legitimate claims. Their hope is that the injured worker will not pursue the claim any further. If you find yourself in this position, you need a workers’ comp attorney.
- A low settlement offer. A judge-approved offer might seem like the final word, but the truth is that workers’ compensation judges sometimes give the green-light to offers that do not fully compensate the worker.
- Your injury or illness affects your ability to work. A disability makes a workers’ compensation claim more complicated. In these cases, having a Ravenna workers’ compensation lawyer on your side is very important.
- Your employer tries to “get back” at you. Workplace retaliation–bullying, reduced hours, a pay cut, or being fired in retaliation for filing a workers’ comp claim is illegal, but not unheard of. If this describes your workplace situation, MGDP will stand up for you.