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When to Call a Workers’ Comp Attorney: Understanding Your Rights

As an employee, you expect your employer to provide a safe work environment. However, accidents happen, and when they do, you may find yourself navigating the complex world of workers’ compensation. While the system is designed to provide you with benefits without the need for legal intervention, there are times when consulting with a workers’ comp attorney is crucial to protect your rights and ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

Here are some scenarios when it is wise to consider seeking legal counsel:

Denied Claims: If your workers’ comp claim has been denied, do not panic. It’s common for legitimate claims to be initially denied or undervalued by insurance companies. An attorney can help you understand why your claim was denied and work to appeal the decision.

Delayed Benefits: If you are experiencing delays in receiving your workers’ comp benefits, an attorney can help expedite the process. Delays can occur due to administrative issues, disputes over the extent of your injuries, or other factors that a lawyer can address.

Disputed Claims: Sometimes, your employer or their insurance company may dispute your claim, arguing that your injury is not work-related or that it occurred outside of work. In such cases, a workers’ comp attorney can gather evidence, consult with medical experts, and advocate on your behalf to prove the validity of your claim.

Pre-Existing Conditions: If you have a pre-existing condition that has been aggravated by your work, you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits. However, these cases can be complex, and an attorney can help you navigate the process and ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

Permanent Disability: If your injury has resulted in a permanent disability that affects your ability to work, you may be entitled to additional benefits. An attorney can help you understand your rights and ensure you receive fair compensation for your disability.

Retaliation or Discrimination: It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for filing a workers’ comp claim. If you believe you are being discriminated against or treated unfairly due to your injury or claim, an attorney can help protect your rights and seek appropriate legal remedies.

Third-Party Claims: In some cases, you may be able to file a third-party claim against a party other than your employer who may be responsible for your injury. An attorney can evaluate your case and determine if you have a viable third-party claim.

At Harvey & Carpenter, Attorneys at Law, we understand the challenges injured workers face when dealing with the workers’ compensation system. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping you understand your rights and options, and we will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. If you’re facing any of the situations mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Call us at 507-779-7529 or en espanol at 507-779-7202. Remember, we’re here to help you through this difficult time.