If you have not yet hired a lawyer and want to handle your own case, you are free to do so. You are an adult and free to make your own decisions, including bad ones which can cost you thousands of dollars and access to quality medical care.
But there are 5 questions that you should ask yourself before deciding that is what you want to do, and if you answer “no” to any of these questions, it is time to seriously consider getting a lawyer to help you with your worker’s compensation case:
- Do you understand the legal framework for how worker’s compensation cases are resolved?
- Do you understand the procedures that must be followed to move your worker’s compensation case forward?
- Do you know what the deadlines (statutes of limitations) are for filing your case?
- Do you have the time and ability to attend any hearings that are held up through the time that your worker’s compensation case is resolved?
- Have you obtained our medical records, reviewed them, and understand the significance of what is in your medical records?
- Do you understand how worker’s compensation cases are evaluated to determined what is a fair and reasonable settlement?
If the answer to any of these questions is “no” then it is time to get a lawyer because you are fighting an uphill battle against the insurance company. A “no” answer to any of those questions tells the insurance company that you are not going to be able to fully assert your rights because you don’t know what they are and/or how to stand up for them.
Moving forward with your case without the help of a lawyer when the answer to any of those questions is “no” will likely cost you thousands of dollars of benefits over the life of your case.
If you have a current worker’s compensation issue which you need help on, please feel free to reach out to our office by calling us as 312-263-1080 to discuss your issues and what options you have. There is no obligation to hire our law firm, and there is no charge for the call.
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We are here to help truck drivers after an on-the-job accident. Knowledge is power, and the first step in protecting your rights is to know what they are.