It can be hard to cover all of your financial obligations and your medical bills when you are hurt on the job and you are not able to work for a time. You might only be out of work for six months, or it could be a lot longer than that. Either way, you might not want to move forward with your workers' compensation claim on your own. Instead, you will want to consider retaining a workers' compensation attorney if you find that either of the following applies to you.
You Also Collect Social Security Disability Insurance
If you collect Social Security disability payments, you are still entitled to work some and earn up to a certain amount of money every month without it impacting your benefits. However, your employer might try to say that your injury is the result of a preexisting injury, which is why you are on disability. However, you can have SSDI for something that causes you to be disabled but still experience another, and completely separate, injury that is causing you a lot more trouble. You will need an attorney on your side to fight for your rights for compensation for the injuries that you sustained while on the job.
Your Employer Offered Too Little Money
Your employer might have made an offer to settle your claim for workers' compensation. However, if the offer that they made simply will not cover the amount of money you need to pay all of your bills, provide for your family, and pay the medical bills that you are going to have because of the injuries you have sustained, you do not want to accept their offer. If they are not willing to budge on the offer amount, you will want to consult with an attorney.
Once you have decided that it is time to retain the services of a workers' compensation attorney, you will want to begin your search to find the one you will want to work with. It is important to make sure that you and the attorney have good communication with each other in order to make sure that this case runs smoothly for you. To help you find the most suitable attorney for your particular needs, you should arrange to have a consultation with a few different ones. Generally, the initial consultations are free or there is a low fee that needs to be paid.