Hiring An Attorney for a Workers’ Compensation Case
Although there is no law which says you need to hire a lawyer, in practical terms and regardless of how you feel about attorneys, it may be difficult to handle a workers’ compensation case on your own. With trained adjusters working for the insurance companies who have lawyers at their everyday disposal, hiring a qualified attorney may be essential. Unless your case is extremely simple, a good lawyer can be important in order to protect your rights. Trying to handle your own case may save you a penny but cost you a pound in the long run.
Hiring a lawyer is likely to be critical in any of the following situations:
- The employer denies you were injured on the job
- The insurance carrier has denied benefits
- You are not receiving workers’ compensation benefits
- You cannot get medical treatment on your own
- The adjuster promises benefits or medical treatment which never arrives or happens
- The adjuster wants to take your recorded statement
- An attorney for the employer or insurance company contacts you and wants to take a recorded statement
- Your case involves a possible lawsuit against a third party
- You begin to represent yourself and you encounter someone on the other side who is particularly difficult and is trying to take advantage of your lack of legal expertise
These are but a few of the situations which arise and should make you consider hiring an attorney. Remember, the more problems you encounter, the more you probably need representation.
Choosing a lawyer is a personal matter. A lawyer generally has 19 years of formal education and must have passed a difficult exam to be able to practice law. This training combined with legal experience constitutes the attorney’s education. The attorney’s education and experience are primary considerations along with their proven ability in the field of workers’ compensation. You should be able to find out relatively quickly whether an attorney has a high degree of experience and ability handling workers’ compensation claims by reviewing their website or with a telephone call or consultation. Because there is a continuing relationship between the lawyer and the injured worker as a client, the personal nature of the relationship must also be considered.
Workers’ compensation attorneys in the state of Georgia work on a contingency basis. That is, if they do not get you money, they do not charge you. In addition, in many situations, the employer/insurance carrier may have to pay the fees and costs incurred by your attorney.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured, contact us online or call us at 404-474-3460 for a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.