Getting hurt on the job is a big problem. Not only are you experiencing the pain and inconvenience of an injury, you are off work and unable to provide for yourself and your family. The process of recovering physically and financially from a workplace injury is complex. Here are four reasons why a workers’ compensation attorney can help you navigate through this process.
Familiarity with the System
It may be your first workplace injury, but your attorney has probably seen hundreds. This experience provides a big advantage for you by helping you avoid dead-ends, wrong turns, and other complications that can slow or derail your recovery process. Count on your attorney to take the lead and keep the process flowing smoothly and quickly through all of its twists and turns.
Availability to Work
Your health is the most important thing. After a workplace injury, you have appointments with doctors, therapists, rehabilitation specialists, and many others. Your time is scarce, especially if you are counting on friends or family to drive you to these important medical appointments. Your attorney can serve as a contact for your situation all day, every day while you take care of your physical recovery.
An Understanding of Your Rights
After an injury, you may not realize what benefits should be coming to you. As a result, you could end up with less financial assistance than you deserve. With the experience of a good workers’ compensation attorney to back you up, you will be able to get the benefits that the system is designed to give you to help you get bills and lost wages covered.
Not all attorneys are the same. Even a friend with a law degree is still not the advocate you need in a workers’ compensation case. The family attorney who draws up deeds or wills effectively and efficiently will be as overwhelmed by a workers’ compensation case as you are. You should choose an established workers’ compensation attorney to handle your claim after being injured on the job.
An injury on the job represents a major disruption to your life. The better you do at working through the workers’ compensation system, the smaller that disruption. Working with an experienced attorney is essential to keeping your case on track and on schedule so that you can get back to normal as quickly as possible.
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her husky Snowball. You can find her on Twitter at @LizzieWeakley and on Facebook at facebook.com/lizzie.weakley.