When to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Workers injured while performing work-related tasks in Vermont need workers’ compensation. This is the best source of compensation in most cases. Workers’ compensation insurance is available for nearly all workers in the state. It provides medical and wage replacement benefits.
However, receiving a full workers’ compensation award isn’t guaranteed. Many workers’ compensation claims come into dispute. Workers’ comp may offer less in medical benefits than you deserve. Or, it may release you back to work earlier than you are ready. You could even have a disability that isn’t recognized. In these cases, a workers’ compensation lawyer can be invaluable to your case.
Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Not all workers’ compensation claims require the help of an attorney to navigate. However, you may want to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer if:
- Your settlement offer does not cover your medical expenses;
- Workers’ compensation insurance benefits are denied;
- Your claim is not processed or paid promptly;
- Your injury is to point where you cannot return to your previous job, or prevents from doing any work at all;
- You think that you may have a third-party liability claim (a civil action filed against a party, other than your employer, you believe to be responsible for your accident and injuries); or
- You face retaliation as a result of filing a workers’ compensation claim.
What Will a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Do?
A workers’ compensation attorney is responsible for doing everything possible to improve your chances of recovering the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Your attorney will not only investigate your case but also work with medical experts who can provide testimony regarding the extent of your injury and ability to return to work. Your attorney can also negotiate your claim with the workers’ compensation insurer.
In the event that you have a third-party liability claim, your attorney will help you to file a lawsuit within the parameters of the law. An attorney will also provide representation through any retaliation.
Your Responsibilities When Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
In addition to hiring an attorney, there are a number of things that you can and should do to improve the outcome of your case. Your responsibilities include:
- Notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible;
- Seek medical care through an approved medical provider;
- Follow up – while your employer should file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf, if your employer does not file a workers’ compensation claim, you will be responsible for filing an Employee’s Notice of Injury and Claim for Compensation.
You are also responsible for following your doctor’s orders; if you do not follow your doctor’s orders, you jeopardize recovering your full compensation amount.
Call Sabbeth Law Today
If you are facing tough work injuries, you have the right to seek compensation for the harm you have suffered. To schedule a free consultation with our law offices regarding your Vermont workers’ compensation claim, please contact our law firm by phone or online at your convenience.