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When to Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney

By Jan Hoen

Being injured on the job is stressful all the way around – not only are you physically injured, but you also face mounting medical bills while your earnings stall. Obtaining the compensation you deserve through a workers’ compensation claim is the surest way of supporting your most-complete recovery, and the best way of getting there is by working closely with an experienced Virginia workers’ compensation attorney. 

Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney? 

The fact is that you can file a workers’ compensation claim without an attorney, but doing so is very unlikely to do you or your claim any favors. While it is true that workers’ compensation insurance is in place to cover your damages (or losses) as they relate to your work accident, the insurance company involved is a for-profit enterprise. This means that anything it can get away with – in terms of minimizing your benefits – it will get away with.

In the end, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission puts the matter of whether or not you should hire a workers’ comp attorney this way: You will be at a disadvantage without legal representation. An important point to keep in mind is that if your claim does not prevail, you won’t owe your attorney anything, and if it does, he or she will receive a prearranged percentage of your settlement or court award.

When It’s Time to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The following circumstances represent those stages in the claim process when having a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney in your corner is most important:

  • Filing Your Claim – The procedural rules for filing a benefits claim can be challenging in and of themselves. Ensuring that you don’t file an incomplete or inadequate claim is an excellent place to start. 
  • Providing a Recorded Statement – The insurance rep who contacts you for a recorded statement is skilled at coaxing claimants like you to ultimately damage their own claims. The fact is that your knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney can – and should – do the talking for you.
  • Guiding Your Claim Forward – If your employer is ignoring your claim or is failing to take the steps that are necessary to keep it moving forward, it is a good sign that you need a resourceful workers’ compensation attorney on your case. 
  • Protecting Yourself from Retaliation – It is illegal for your employer to fire you based only on you bringing a workers’ compensation claim, and your trusted workers’ compensation attorney has the legal ability and know-how to fight any such efforts at retaliation.

An Experienced Virginia Workers’ Comp Attorney Is Standing by to Help

If you have a work-related injury or have suffered a work-related illness, the practiced Virginia workers’ comp attorneys at Hampton Injury Law PLC have the experience, legal insight, and resources to help guide your claim toward its most beneficial conclusion. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us today. 

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