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2 Reasons To Hire A Workers Compensation Attorney

by Alan Medina

Hiring a workers' compensation attorney is one of the most important things that you can do if you are injured at work, mostly because of the many different ways in which he or she can help you. An attorney can help you with your case by protecting you from employer retaliation and appealing a denied claim:

Employer Retaliation

It is not uncommon for an employer to attempt to get back at an employee who has filed a workers' compensation claim. For example, an employer can attempt to cut your hours when you return to work, or your employer can demote you. Other common forms of retaliation can include cut wages and moving you to a job within the company that is miserable in an attempt to get you to quit.

In some cases, you may win your claim but be told that you must return to work, but only in a limited capacity. In that situation, employers have been known to attempt to give an employee harder work than they are allowed to in order to get you to quit due to the strain. However, if an employer attempts to retaliate due to you filing a claim, your attorney can notify the court in order to have your employer penalized or help you file a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Appealing A Denied Claim

Your attorney can also help you deal with a denied claim. It is very common for an employer and his or her insurance company to fight as hard as possible in order to deny your claim, especially if you sustained a serious injury. Unfortunately, many employees simply let their claim go if they are denied. 

However, a lawyer can not only help you a file an appeal, but he or she can also help you make your case as strong as possible in order to maximize your chances of winning your case. For example, you attorney can send you to multiple doctors so that you can get multiple medical opinions related to how you were most likely injured, the severity of the injury, and the length of time that it will take you to heal.

Once you have all of those medical opinions, it makes it much less likely that the insurance company or your employer will win the case and have your claim denied again.

Speak to a workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible if you have sustained a workplace injury. An attorney can help you deal with a denied claim, while also protecting you from possible retaliation from your employer. To learn more, contact a company like The Law Offices of Gregg Durlofsky with any questions you have.