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Should I Hire A Lawyer After A Workplace Injury?

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If you suffered an injury while on the job, you might be wondering whether you should reach out to a lawyer or whether you can handle your workers’ compensation claim alone. Even though you are not required by law to hire an attorney after a workplace injury, it is advisable that you hire one. Generally, after a workplace injury, you have all the reasons to hire an attorney and no reason not to hire an attorney. The following is a more in-depth look at why hiring a lawyer after a workplace injury is advisable.

An Attorney Can Help You Meet All Legal Requirements

If you are eligible for workers’ compensation, a qualified Florida workers’ compensation attorney can help you meet all of Florida’s legal requirements in order to file a successful claim. For example, an attorney can ensure that you are able to prove your injury is work-related. An attorney can also ensure you report your injury to your employer by the set deadline. Suppose you choose not to hire an attorney and you fail to meet one or more than one of Florida’s legal requirements. In such a case, you might not be able to recover the benefits you deserve.

An Attorney Can Help You Seek the Right Benefits

When filing a workers’ compensation claim, you need to know what benefits you are eligible to collect. If you do not know which benefits you qualify for, you may end up leaving benefits on the table. An attorney can help you determine the benefits you are eligible to collect. Also, an attorney can ensure you recover the compensation you deserve. In addition to knowing which benefits you are eligible to collect, you need to know how much you are eligible to recover. And an attorney can help you calculate the amount of compensation you are eligible to recover.

An Attorney Can Help You Deal With Your Employer and the Insurance Company

Usually, it is not easy for injured workers to deal with their employer and their employer’s insurance company. During negotiations, employers do their best to rid themselves of liability, and insurance companies try their best to ensure they pay out as little as possible. Fortunately, a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer can ensure your rights are protected and that you get the best deal possible.

An Attorney Can Help You Determine if You Are Eligible for Additional Compensation

After a work-related injury, you may have other options apart from filing a workers’ compensation claim. For example, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against a third party.  For example, if you are rear-ended while on the job, you may be able to seek benefits from the at-fault party, as opposed to your employer.   In third party claims, as opposed to workers’ compensation claims, you can seek benefits for pain and suffering.  When you hire a workers’ compensation attorney, they will evaluate your case and advise you on all your options.

An Attorney Can Help You File an Appeal

If your workers’ compensation claim is denied in Florida, you can appeal the decision. However, appealing a workers’ compensation claim is not something you want to do on your own. You especially need an attorney during an appeal so they can help you deal with the insurance company’s defense attorneys,

Contact a Key West & Marathon Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Did you suffer a work-related injury in Florida and need to speak to an attorney? If so, contact our Key West & Marathon workers’ compensation lawyers at Florida Keys Injury. We can evaluate your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

Resource:

leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0400-0499/0440/0440ContentsIndex.html

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