One of the worst things that can happen to you while on the job is becoming injured and being unable to work while you recover. The most important thing that you can do in that situation is to hire an attorney to help you apply for and successfully win your workers' compensation claim. Listed below are two reasons to hire a workers' compensation attorney to help you with your claim.
Send You To Multiple Medical Professionals
One of the most important things that a workers' compensation attorney can do to strengthen your case is to make sure that you do not simply go with a single medical opinion about your condition. This is especially true if your employer or your employer's insurance company insists on you seeing a doctor of their choosing. This can be a problem as that doctor may be biased in favor of your employer and could potentially minimize your payout or have your claim rejected by downplaying your injury or claiming that the injury could not have been caused while you were at work doing your job properly.
In order to avoid this issue, a workers' compensation attorney will have you visit multiple medical professionals to get several diagnoses that agree on your condition and the severity of it. This can help offset any potentially biased medical opinions that the doctor that your employer may have sent you to provided. In addition, your attorney will make sure that your doctors will be perfectly clear in their statements about your injury and ability to return to work as a lack of clarity could potentially result in you being awarded a smaller amount of compensation.
Protect You From Your Employer
An unfortunate reality about filing a workers' compensation claim is that it is not uncommon for an employer to seek retaliation or revenge due to having to pay for your claim. In many cases, this retaliation will consist of making you as miserable as possible so that you quit. This can include cutting your pay, reducing your hours, or placing you in the least desirable jobs.
However, an attorney can help you with the issue of employer retaliation by helping you to file a lawsuit alleging that your employer created a hostile workplace. In addition, your lawyer can also file a complaint with a judge that could result in hefty fines if your employer was found to be retaliating against you for the workers' compensation claim.
Contact a lawyer that specializes in workers' compensation claims in order to discuss how he or she may be able to assist you. This type of lawyer can help you get a stronger case by ensuring that you have multiple medical opinions that clearly state the degree of your injury while also protecting you from retaliation from your employer after your claim has been successful. Contact a business, such as Zavodnick, Perlmutter & Boccia LLC, for more information.