Every year, more than five million American workers are injured on the job. Given the frequency of workplace injuries, it's more important than ever for workers to know how to protect themselves in case they too become hurt or sick due to a workplace accident. Whatever the extent of the injury you're struggling with, having an accident lawyer on your side will make the entire process easier and more manageable. Below, we discuss a few reasons to hire a lawyer after a workplace injury.
Advantages of Hiring an Accident Lawyer
1. Understand Your Rights & Responsibilities Under the Law
Workers' compensation laws are notoriously complex and, to the untrained eye, extremely confusing. But the workers' comp system is meant to protect both workers and employers, and you have certain rights and responsibilities under the law. Your attorney ensures you understand what the law can and cannot do for you, as well as your role in the workers' comp process. In other words, your lawyer makes sure you know the law and how it applies to your case.
2. Have a Professional Deal With Bosses & Insurers
Not every workplace injury will be met with unwavering support from employers. An employer may challenge your story, and their insurers could refuse coverage. In cases like these, you want a legal professional to deal with your boss and their insurance company. Both employers and insurers often know just what to say to deny you the coverage you need; your attorney will recognize and cut through their strategies to advocate for your health and medical care.
3. Get Assistance With Paperwork & Procedures
Any legal claim or bureaucratic process entails a lot of paperwork. Workers' compensation boards have procedures in place to follow when submitting a claim or appealing a denial. If you end up filing a legal case against your employer or their insurer, there is additional paperwork that must be completed. Your lawyer handles these aspects of your case, so you don't have to, freeing up your time to focus on your recovery.
If you've had a workplace injury, let the attorneys at Bothe & Lauridsen, PC, look out for you. With more than a century of combined experienced, they proudly serve clients throughout the Columbia Falls, Montana, region. Call (406) 892-2193, visit the website, or message them on Facebook to make an appointment.