Do I Need to Hire a WC Attorney?
On Behalf of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa | December 27, 2022 | Workers' Compensation
After suffering a work-related injury, your main priority is getting proper treatment and getting your lost wages and medical expenses. Sometimes, having a workers’ comp attorney is the easiest way to achieve these goals.
In some cases, however, injured workers can handle their claim by themselves, especially if the injury was minor, the employer acknowledged that the injury occurred on the job, there were no complicating preexisting medical conditions, and the employer did not miss much work. If any of these don’t apply to your workers’ compensation claim, hiring a workers’ compensation attorney is the best course of action.
Why You Need to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Was Denied
You should talk to a Port St. Lucie workers’ comp attorney if the insurer has denied your claim or fights a part of it, like the days you missed work or your requirement for certain treatments. Insurance providers often deny claims because they assume that workers will not challenge or appeal the decision. Sadly, some employees accept this denial and miss out on receiving the workers’ comp benefits they are legally entitled to.
You Suffered Serious Work-Related Injuries
Not surprisingly, serious injuries or medical conditions mean more missed workdays, higher medical expenses, and higher permanent disability benefits. Due to the possibility of a bigger payout, the insurer will fight your claim. It will likewise attempt to argue that your injuries or condition resulted from something else other than work.
When the insurer fights your claim, you could face lowball settlement offers, demands for more medical examinations, and tactical delays. A skilled West Palm Beach workers’ compensation attorney will know how to navigate these defense tactics to secure the compensation you need to cover your losses.
Your Workers’ Compensation Claim is Complicated Because You Have a Preexisting Injury or Condition
If you had a preexisting medical condition or prior injury to the body part that got injured in the workplace accident, the insurer may claim that your current condition is due to your preexisting or previous injury or illness. Further complicating matters is that doctors sometimes disagree on how much a complex illness or injury was due to the work injury and how much it’s related to previous conditions or the aging process. A workers’ comp attorney can figure out exactly how to handle these issues.
You Cannot Go Back to Work
Benefits for permanent disability can be immensely costly for insurance providers, and they will do all they can to reduce your disability rating, which is the measure of a disabled person’s long-term limitations. Insurers normally have aggressive attorneys at their beck and call but having an experienced attorney on your side will help even out the playing field.
Consult With Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Serving West Palm Beach and Port St Lucie
The only way to determine whether hiring a workers’ compensation attorney is the best course of action for you, contact Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa today. You can discuss your case with our workers’ compensation attorney and schedule a free case review by contacting us online or calling our West Palm Beach office at 561-478-2500 or Port St. Lucie office at 772-878-3880.