Some workers who are injured at work, however, will need to hire a workers' compensation lawyer to ensure they receive the compensation they need to fully repay them for their work injuries. When do you need a lawyer? Although each situation varies, you may want to seek legal help in the following situations:
If you have been injured from a workplace accident you have the legal right to talk to a workers' compensation lawyer. Like other injury cases, workers' compensation agents are not necessarily looking out for your best interest, and it may be a good idea to have a lawyer advocate for you to ensure you get proper medical benefits and sufficient lost wage compensation. Getting adequate payment is especially necessary if you have a permanent partial or full disability.
Workers' compensation lawyers can assist with a variety of tasks. For instance, they can help negotiate a settlement, they can help navigate the vocational training process (if you cannot return to your previous job), and they can answer questions about applying for Social Security Disability Insurance if you are unable to return to work for at least 12 continuous months.
Finally, if your workers' compensation claim is disputed, they can help complete the dispute process which can vary by state and can be very complicated.
Like other injury and disability lawyers, workers' compensation lawyers are paid on a contingency fee basis, which means they are only paid if you win your workers' compensation case. If you win, they are paid a portion or your workers' compensation payout. If you do not win, however, they are not paid. Contact a workers' compensation lawyer if you have questions about your case.