After an injury at work, the claim process can feel overwhelming and complicated. At a time when you want to be able to rest and recover, you may feel frustrated with questions and paperwork. You may have typical concerns of: what should I give to the insurer, what is the timeline for processing my claim, when will I be paid, how much should I be paid, should I talk to the insurer, what happens to my health insurance, can my employer fire me, etc.
When your company is trying to tell you what you can and cannot do, it is easy to feel lost in the process. It is essential to have an advocate as you work through your claim.
Here is how a workers’ compensation attorney can be helpful as you make your claim:
Support for your interests
When you are going through the workers’ compensation claim process, it is important to note that many of the people you are talking to work for or on behalf of an insurance company or your workplace, not you. An attorney can represent your interests and advocate for what you need.
Your workers’ compensation attorney will help you navigate your claim and ensure you get the appropriate benefits for your injury. An experienced professional can also help you deal with disputes over your medical care and compensation for your lost wages.
What about accepted claims?
Your employer’s insurance company may agree to pay your claim. However, you should still have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side to guide you through your claim and ensure you are given all benefits you are entitled to. When you are dealing with workers’ compensation, it can be challenging to know what benefits you should receive.
A workers’ compensation attorney can help you understand what benefits are appropriate for your claim and whether the insurance company’s decision is fair.