Some people are fortunate enough to work at places where if they get hurt on the job and report the injury, their employer works quickly to get workers' compensation benefits started. For many people, however, the getting the benefits they deserve can be a long and frustrating process.
That is why it is beneficial for most workplace injury victims to speak to an experienced workers' compensation lawyer as early in the process as possible. Working with an attorney who understands how New York workers' compensation law works and what your rights and options are can make the difference in a successful case. A lawyer can:
- Speak with insurance companies on your behalf: Your employer's insurance company will likely want to limit the amount of benefits it pays out. Insurance adjusters will try to talk to you about your case and get you to grant them access to your medical records so they can deny your claim. A lawyer can ensure you are treated with respect.
- Make sure you meet deadlines and fill out your paperwork correctly: Many applications for workers' comp. are denied because of simple paperwork or deadline errors. A lawyer can address all of these important details.
- Help you determine what benefits you deserve: Workers' comp. benefits come in many forms: weekly payments, lump-sum settlements, lost wage benefits, medical benefits, etc. A lawyer can put you in a position to maximize your compensation.
- Gather the right evidence: Many workers' comp. attorneys have handled thousands of claims. They know what makes a successful claim. They know how to gather and present medical evidence to make a compelling case on your behalf.
- Guide you through an appeal: A claim denial is not the end of the road. A lawyer can help you file for an appeal and represent you in any hearings.
Your attorney will be working for you. He or she is your advocate. By working with an attorney, you can focus on your recovery while letting him or her handle all of the complex legal work involved with securing the benefits that you deserve.