If you suffered injuries at work recently, you have most likely already filed a claim for workers’ compensation.
However, if your claim is complicated or you are not sure about filing a claim, you might want to find out what workers’ compensation lawyers do and how they can help you.
If you suffered serious or permanent injuries, and you are partially or totally disabled after an accident at work, a lawyer can help to protect your legal rights and help you fight for compensation.
If your spouse or other close relative died as a result of a work accident, a workers’ compensation lawyer might be able to fight for your best interests and compensation. They also can help you understand all the benefits that may be due to you, including any payments for dependents of the deceased.
A workers’ compensation lawyer can also help you if your employer did not carry the mandated workers’ compensation insurance, per the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), and you are now considering filing a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries and financial losses.
You may also have legal recourse against a third-party, for example, if another contractor on your job site caused your accident. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you assess all options for recovering compensation.
A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help You
If you are injured or disabled due to a work injury, a worker’s compensation lawyer can help you receive compensation. They can also potentially help you if your employer did not carry the required workers’ compensation insurance under the California Labor Code (LAB) §3700. A workers’ compensation lawyer can protect you in several important ways when it comes to a claim.
Professional Legal Advice
Some workers’ compensation claims are more complicated than others, especially when a third-party may have caused your accident. Your workers’ compensation lawyer can advise you comprehensively on all your potential avenues for pursuing compensation. They will also be able to help you file legal action.
Proving Your Illness Is Work-Related
Workers’ compensation insurance does not necessarily approve all claims. If you are having problems getting your benefits, you may need the help of a workers’ compensation lawyer to fight for the compensation you deserve. Your lawyer can help gather the necessary evidence to prove your claim such as medical records, accident reports, expert witness testimony, and other evidence.
Filing a Third-Party Lawsuit
Your workers’ compensation lawyer will leave no stone unturned in getting you what you deserve. In some instances, you can file a lawsuit against a third-party that caused your accident and injury.
Third-parties could be other contractors on a job-site, the company owning equipment that caused your accident, or a property owner, for example. Your lawyer will investigate your case thoroughly and file the necessary legal action on your behalf, if appropriate.
Appealing Against a Denied Workers’ Compensation Claim
Having a workers’ compensation lawyer by your side can be particularly helpful when the insurance company denies your claim. Your lawyer can initiate an appeal and fight to recover all the benefits that are due to you and your family.
Negotiating a Fair Settlement with the Insurance Company
If you suffered from significant injuries and disabilities, you could potentially recover a lump-sum settlement with your workers’ compensation claim. Your lawyer can help negotiate a fair settlement with the aim of protecting you from future medical costs and loss of income.
Helping Pursue Career-Related Benefits
If you need to retrain after your injury, your lawyer can help you unlock any career-related benefits that may be available to you.
There are many other benefits of hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer to help with your claim. Most importantly, perhaps, when you have a lawyer by your side, you do not have to worry about getting short-changed or leaving money on the table. Your lawyer will fight for your rights and look out for your best interests while you are free to recover from your injuries.
Call Us Today
If you would like to find out more about what a workers’ compensation lawyer does and how they could help you get what you deserve in your workplace injury case, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for your free consultation today.
Call us now at (800) 529-9122 and speak to one of our team members about your workers’ compensation claim.