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Should You Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney or Represent Yourself?

October 13, 2015

North Carolina workers’ compensation laws are in place to protect you if you’ve been involved in a workplace accident that resulted in injury or disability. You’re personally entitled to several benefits such as medical expense coverage and wage replacement, but there’s also aid given to dependents when an employee passes away from an on-the-job accident or illness. If you’ve suffered a workplace injury and are questioning whether to hire an attorney or represent yourself, the decision depends on several factors.

When to Speak For Yourself

It’s true—you may be able to get by without the aid of a workers’ comp attorney. But before you decide you can take on your case alone, consider the following circumstances. You may not need legal assistance if:

  • You have suffered a minor injury. Minor injuries include twisted ankles or inconsequential cuts are treated with stitches. They should not result in permanent loss of body function.
  • Little to no work is missed after the accident occurs. You’re able to head back to work at your current job after a few days or weeks of recovery. Your doctor has granted permission to go back to work without signs of limitations.
  • Your employer admits the accident and injury happened at the work-site. Whether they witnessed the accident or not, your employer has spoke with you and other possible witnesses in order to understand and bear the situation.

If all statements above are true, but you’re still unsure about handling everything on your own, that’s ok. Scheduling a free consultation to discuss your case with a workers’ comp attorney will help you better understand the process and alert of any risks that could have looked over.

When to Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney

Sometimes injury circumstances turn into complex situations. Hire a workers’ comp lawyer if you find yourself in any of these positions:

  • Your injuries prevent you from returning to work. Employers with permanent disability, whether partial or total, may be entitled to a lump sum or lifetime weekly payments in order to make up for lost wages. These types of injuries are often so expensive that insurance companies will do anything to avoid the bill. Having a workers’ comp lawyer is crucial during this time.
  • The employer’s settlement doesn’t cover all medical bills or lost wages. All agreements must receive judicial approval, but that doesn’t always mean it’s completely fair. Workers’ comp attorneys make sure you’ll get the best settlement possible.
  • Your employer denies your claim or you don’t receive benefits. Too often do injured employers accept the denial and move on. The best chance of collecting an acceptable settlement is through legal assistance.
  • Filing a claim results in punishment from the employer. This can include getting fired, reduced hours, less pay and more.  Discrimination is not acceptable—contact a workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible.

No matter how minor or severe your injuries are, you’re entitled to get assistance from a workers’ comp attorney. If you’ve suffered an injury at the workplace in North Carolina, The Workers’ Compensation Law Firm can help. We specialize in several common injuries and are ready to get you the benefits you deserve. Call us today to get started!