If you've suffered a workplace injury that affects your ability to work, you have the right to pursue workers' compensation. Employers can sometimes challenge a workers' comp filing, and workers' comp boards can reject an injured person's claim; in cases like these, a workplace accident attorney will help you fight for the resources and support your need.
3 Workplace Injuries That Can Benefit From a Lawyer's Assistance
1. Requires Surgery
An injury warranting any surgery is one in need of workers' compensation. Surgery is an indicator that a workplace injury is, at best, moderate in severity and, at work, life-threatening. If your workplace accident led to a condition requiring surgery, and you're receiving resistance or denial from your employer or the workers' comp board, it's time to hire a lawyer.
2. Prevents You From Working
The goal of workers' compensation is to provide injured workers with the resources necessary to get them back on their feet and back on the job. In some cases, the job may be a simple return to work for the injured party once they have healed. In other cases, the individual may still be able to work, but in a different field or position due to the lingering effects of the work injury. In other cases, however, an injured person may not be able to work any job at all; if this scenario fits your situation, contact an attorney to explore your options for more long-term disability support.
3. Leads to an Insufficient Settlement Offer
An employer can elect to make a settlement offer as a way of bringing a workers' comp case to a close. Most workers' comp judges will approve a settlement offer if it isn't outrageous, even if the amount is insufficient to cover the costs of lost wages and medical care. If your injury has compelled your employer to make an inadequate settlement offer, hire a lawyer; your lawyer can tell what is acceptable and what is not, and they will negotiate on your behalf for a better deal.
The workers' compensation attorneys at Bothe & Lauridsen, PC, in Columbia Falls, Montana, have served the northwest part of the state for more than three decades. Call (406) 892-2193, or visit the website to connect with an injury lawyer, and start exploring your legal options; you can also follow them on Facebook. By keeping the above points in mind, you will know when your injury merits the help of a workers' comp attorney.