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November 10, 2018

Do you need a workers compensation lawyer?

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Workers Comp Lawyers Milwaukee

Experiencing a work-related injury or illness can be stressful and intimidating. Sometimes having an injury or illness at work could put in a vulnerable position, or make you feel uncomfortable around your peers. Most importantly, you could have experienced some major pain or discomfort along with some hefty hospital bills. Sometimes in difficult work situations, we don’t know if we need to or should call a lawyer to help us through it. We may worry about what people will think or be intimidated going up against the company’s legal team.

However, if you’ve experienced a workplace injury you are entitled to some form of workers compensation. Many people aren’t sure what types of cases call for legal help. In this post, we’ll walk you through what types of workers compensation cases you could field on your own and what type of cases you should ask for legal advice.

Cases where you can represent yourself

If all of the following statements are true, you can typically represent yourself in workers compensation case:

  1. Your employer agrees that your illness or injury was work-related.
  2. You didn’t have to take a ton of time off due to your injury.
  3. The injury was minor – i.e. cuts and bruises or a twisted ankle.
  4. You weren’t hurt in a location where you have a pre-existing condition.

Cases like these tend to be pretty straightforward. However, you are always welcome to reach out to an attorney for a free consultation to confirm that you are able to represent yourself in these types of cases.  

Cases where you want to hire a workers compensation lawyer

Sometimes cases aren’t as straightforward and simple as we’d like them to be. With a workers compensation case, there are a variety of reasons why contacting a lawyer would be a good idea.

  1. Your employer denies your claim. Some employers will reject claims knowing that their employees will rarely take the time to fight back and appeal in court.
  2. Your claims are not paid in a timely manner.
  3. Your settlement doesn’t cover your expenses. Judges in workers compensation cases are pretty lenient when it comes to settlement. As long as they don’t see the claim being severely underpaid, they will generally let it slide, even if it doesn’t cover your medical bills.
  4. If you are fired or demoted as a result of your claim.

These issues will complicate your case and require you to have the help of someone who really understands the law. The workers comp lawyers Milwaukee trusts at Hickey & Turim, SC work for you. They are there to fight back when they see your employer taking advantage of you. They will make sure you receive what you are entitled to and that your rights are preserved in the process.

No one should be afraid to file a workers compensation claim because they think they could lose their job. You have the right to work in a safe environment and if at any time that is taken away, you need representation on your side to help you stand up for yourself. Reach out to one of our lawyers today for a consultation.  

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