If you have been injured on the job, perhaps you have started the claims process and you are starting to wonder if you should do this yourself or hire a compensation lawyer for your injury. The answer to your question really depends. It depends on the complexity and severity of your injury and your case, as well as the actions of your employer and insurance company.
So let’s dive in.
When You Can Probably Represent Yourself
In many cases, you should be able to represent yourself effectively and recieve the compensation that you deserve. In these following cases you can reasonably expect to be able to represent yourself without a workers’ compensation lawyer:
- A minor workplace injury such as a twisted ankle or a cut that requires a few stitches.
- Your employer admits that your injury happened while you were at work.
- You missed little or no work due to your injury.
- You do not have a pre-existing condition that affects the same part of your body as the recent injury at work. This could be that you had a car accident and have an injured back and then you slip and fall at work and hurt your back again.
When You Should Hire a Lawyer
If your case feels simple and easy to handle, it is likely that you will be able to handle it on your own, but the second that any complexities arise, you should hire a workers’ compensation lawyer. They can save you from any loopholes and pitfalls in the claims process.
Here are some cases where you should hire a lawyer:
- Your employer denies your compensation request or claims that it did not happen at work.
- Your employer does not pay your benefits promptly
- Your condition prevents you from returning to work, or performing your duties to the full effect.
- Your employer retaliates against you in some way for filing a claim
- You were injured because of your employer’s or a third party’s misconduct.