Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Instead of Filing Yourself

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Robert Golan

When you’re injured on the job, you are suddenly faced with a lot of stress. Not only do you have to fill out paperwork for a claim, but you are also out of work for however long it takes to heal. It takes time for a claim to be filed and presented before a judge for Workers’ Compensation. In the meantime, you will have medical bills, lost wages, and other challenges.

You can file a claim for Workers’ Compensation on Long Island yourself, but hiring an attorney is a smart thing to do.

Here’s 5 reasons why to hire an attorney:

1. Take Time to Heal

Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may have an extensive amount of medical procedures to undergo to heal. In addition, even if your injury doesn’t require surgery, adding a Workers’ Compensation claim procedure to your schedule only adds stress. This is a time when you need to rest and recover. An attorney presents Workers’ Compensation cases throughout the year. With their experience, trust you are in good hands and get the rest you need

2. Pre-existing Injuries

Having a pre-existing injury can sometimes be re-aggravated in a new position. If this is the case, then it may not be an easy ride to receive compensation. A doctor has to report the pre-existing injury, which would not be compensated, but the new injury can be. It depends on the injury and new circumstances that led to the injury at work. In the event the claim is denied, an appeal can be filed.

3. Not Enough Compensation

Depending on the injury and medical doctor’s diagnosis, there may not be enough compensation. Insurance providers work for the employers and for themselves. They will often present a settlement, even before you hire an attorney, and try to have you sign the paperwork. However, once you do accept a settlement, you sign off your rights to sue for any additional money. Settlements are usually an offer that is a lot lower than what you could possibly receive for your injury.

4. Permanent Disability

If you have an injury that is a permanent disability, then you are entitled to benefits and Supplemental Social Security Disability payments. In order to prove a permanent disability, the doctor needs to diagnose the injury as one, but you will also have to fill out paperwork that shows you cannot work. Having an experienced attorney will help you to complete the paperwork correctly and begin the process to receive SSDI benefits.

5. Appeal a Case

If your claim is denied, you don’t have to just give up. You can go through the appeals process to see if the judge will review the claim and approve it. This may be based on new evidence or a new argument provided by your attorney. Depending on the adverse decision for the Workers’ Compensation claim, your attorney can craft a response argument to combat the original decision. Don’t be discouraged if your claim is denied. Many cases are won on appeal after the original claim was denied.

Be sure to speak with our Long Island Workers’ Compensation attorney for a free consultation about your case.

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