How A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Helps
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be overwhelming for some injured workers and easy for others. But even the easy ones aren’t necessarily going to be approved because over 70 percent of workers’ comp claims in Minnesota are denied and more information is requested. You may feel like you provided everything there is to provide, so the request may seem like an unwarranted one. The truth is that there is a lot of information the insurance companies want before they decide to pay.
So that brings about the question of whether or not you need a Minnesota workers’ comp attorney to help you with your claim, especially when you’ve filed a claim and it has been denied. When do you represent yourself, and when do you call your attorney?
When You Can Represent Yourself
If you experienced something such as a twisted ankle or a cut that required a few stitches, then you may be fine to represent yourself. If little or no work has been missed, your employer admits that the injury happened on the job, or you have no pre-existing conditions, your claim may be simple. However, it is not common for an employer to admit the injury happened on the job, and many individuals have had previous injuries or pre-existing conditions.
In other words, it can still be difficult to file a claim on your own. If your claim is denied, then you are going to need an attorney to help you fight the denial. What may seem relatively uncomplicated may not be so.
When You Need An Attorney
The moment you encounter complexity in your case, you should consult with an attorney immediately. Here are examples of situations that warrant legal help:
- The employer denies the claim or benefits are not promptly received
- The employer’s settlement doesn’t cover all medical bills and lost wages
- The medical issue prevents you from returning to work or working at all
- You receive Social Security Disability benefits
- Your boss retaliates because you filed a workers’ compensation claim
- You possibly have a claim against a third party who was allegedly responsible for the injury
When you call an attorney, the forms will be filled out and filed by deadline, and all of the needed information and evidence will be gathered and submitted. What hiring a Minnesota workers’ comp attorney does is tilt the scales in your favor so you can receive the fair and prompt compensation that you need.
Give Us A Call For A Free Consultation
Even if it doesn’t seem like you need a workers’ compensation attorney, you may need that advocacy and advice by your side. Unfortunately, insurance companies view those acting on their own as uninformed, which isn’t always the case, and they may try and take advantage of this. With an attorney working for you, you are not viewed in this way. To learn more about your rights, options and how the Law Office Of Joshua Borken can help you, call 651-321-0778 to schedule a free consultation.