Being hurt at work can be an exceptionally stressful time. Not only are you coping with a painful injury, but you are also left wondering how you will make ends meet while you are unable to work. If you are facing long-term complications from your injuries, you may be wondering how you will survive at all.
For those lucky enough to have a smooth, simple workers’ compensation claims process, most of these concerns are addressed immediately. Medical bills are covered, and a full recovery is achieved in a timely manner. For others, however, the process may become confusing and intimidating. When money becomes tight, these individuals may wonder whether it is “worth it” to hire an attorney.
When to “Go it Alone”
People are injured at work each day, and for some of them, the workers’ compensation process can be quite simple. For injuries that will heal quickly and completely—coupled with cooperative employers and workers’ compensation insurance—there may not be much need for an attorney. The injured worker may only be out of work for a few weeks, but will ultimately be able to return at 100% capacity.
When to Seek the Help of a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
While many people are able to enjoy the above scenario, there are some that may face an uphill battle when it comes to filing a workers’ comp claim. There are many factors that could affect the successful outcome of a claim or that may require more than standard medical compensation, including:
- Serious injuries that could affect a person’s ability to return to work
- Pre-existing conditions that could affect the outcome of a claim
- Denied medical coverage and benefits
- Uncooperative employers or insurers
Workplace injuries that could permanently affect your ability to earn a living are nothing to leave to chance. Attorneys with experience handling workers’ compensation claims can help you ensure that you receive the care, benefits, and coverage that you deserve following an on-the-job accident.
Have You Been Injured At Work?
If you've been injured on the job you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Augusta office directly at 706.863.6600 to schedule your free consultation.