Work injuries occur on a daily basis, and can lead to serious medical complications and loss of wages. It is important to report your injury as soon as possible and to contact a skilled attorney who can help you through the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim or pursuing a civil suit against a third party responsible for your injury. A knowledgeable Work injury lawyer can make sure that you receive the maximum amount of benefits available to cover your expenses, including medical bills and lost income.
Many people who get hurt on the job do not realize that their rights and entitlements may extend beyond workers’ comp. If you were injured due to the negligence of a third party or your employer, you might be able to file a civil lawsuit for damages that exceed what you can recover from a workers’ compensation claim alone. This is a situation where it would be particularly beneficial to consult with a skilled and experienced work injury lawyer as early in the process as possible, as the statute of limitations for civil suits is different from state to state.
Some workplace injuries don’t show obvious symptoms right away, especially if the injury involves the neck or back. For example, herniated discs in the back or spinal cord injuries might develop over a period of days or weeks. You may need to see several doctors before you are cleared for a return to work, including an orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, and chiropractor, which can add up quickly. An attorney can ensure that your doctors’ treatment plans support your recovery and are appropriate to the nature of your injury.
A Pre-Existing Condition Can Hurt Your Case
Having a pre-existing condition that affects the same area of your body can make some workers’ compensation claims difficult to navigate. Your employer and insurance companies might believe that the pre-existing condition is what caused or worsened your new injury, taking value from your claim. Your attorney can evaluate each detail of your medical records to present a strong argument that your pre-existing condition is not related to your new injury.
A workers’ comp lawyer can also protect your legal rights by handling all communications with your employer and insurance company, as well as negotiating with them to get the best settlement for you. The best lawyers will continue to support you as you undergo treatment and do not charge upfront fees. They will guide you through the entire process and alert you to potential pitfalls. They will also help you with any disability claims or Social Security Disability SSD applications, and can determine if you have a viable claim for a personal injury lawsuit against a third party. Contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free consultation with a skilled and experienced work injury lawyer. We will be happy to assess all of your options and help you get the justice and financial recovery you deserve.