Workers who suffer minor on-the-job injuries may not need a lawyer’s help to recover benefits, but do you know when to seek legal assistance? At Egan & Richgels, S.C., in La Crosse, WI, the workers' compensation law attorneys want to make the public aware of when it’s wise to hire a lawyer. Remembering these points will protect your interests if you have a claim after a construction accident or other work injuries.
Workers’ Compensation Law Attorneys Discuss When to Hire Legal Counsel
Delayed or Denied Claim
If you gave your notice of injury, you’re past the three-day waiting period, and you are not receiving weekly benefits payments, you should consult a lawyer. Your claim may be delayed due to missing information or an administrative glitch. Insurance companies often deny valid claims and wait for the workers to respond. Attorneys will investigate the delay or help you appeal the decision.
Partial or Total Disability
A construction accident or another work-related injury or illness may stop you from going back to your previous job or from working at all. You may qualify for permanent partial or permanent total disability payments in these situations. An experienced workers’ compensation law attorney will assist you in obtaining the full compensation you deserve. Lawyers help workers determine whether to negotiate for a lump sum payment or receive weekly lifetime payments.
Action Against You After Filing a Claim
You have the right to pursue your workers’ compensation claim without punishment or interference from your employer. If your employer takes action against you because of your claim, such as cutting your hours, reducing your rate of pay, or demoting you, consult an attorney quickly.
Backed by more than 39 years of experience in workers’ compensation law, Egan & Richgels, S.C., helps injured workers throughout western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota obtain the benefits they deserve. Put these dedicated and skilled lawyers to work for you today. Call (608) 784-0087 or visit them online to schedule your free consultation.