Do You Need a Lawyer to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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Do You Need a Lawyer to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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Workplace accidents injure millions of people every year, sometimes severely. These accidents can take place in any setting, from the most chaotic construction zone to the most seemingly safe office.  Fortunately, California’s workers’ compensation program provides benefits to people who are injured in on-the-job accidents, regardless of fault.

If you’ve recently suffered an injury in a workplace accident, you may be wondering whether you need to retain an attorney to represent you. While there is no requirement that you hire a lawyer to represent you in a workers’ compensation claim, it’s highly advisable to do so. Workers’ compensation insurers make their money by collecting premiums from employers and then paying out as little as possible when injured victims make claims. For this reason, they’ll do everything they can to pay out as little as possible or even deny your claim completely. When you’re represented by an experienced lawyer, however, it ensures that you will receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled under the law.

Some of the specific ways that an attorney can help you with your workers’ compensation claim include:

  • Prepare your initial claim paperwork
  • Determine whether you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit in addition to workers’ compensation claim
  • Represent you in settlement negotiations
  • Appeal the denial of your workers’ compensation claim
  • Represent you before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board

Call Us Today to Speak with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Southern California

If you have been injured in a workplace accident or developed an illness or medical condition as a result of your work environment, it’s in your best interest to contact a lawyer as soon as you can. To schedule a free case evaluation with a Southern California workers’ compensation attorney, call Jackson & Jackson today at (562) 269-5394 or contact us online.

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