Are you unsure about when and how to get a lawyer? Sometimes the need for a lawyer is a no-brainer. For instance, if you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime, you know you’re going to need a lawyer. However, when is it appropriate to hire a lawyer for an on-the-job accident? This section will help you understand when it is suitable to hire a lawyer and when it might not be necessary.
Advice on When to Get a Lawyer
If the job-related injury is fairly minor and you are able to go back to work quickly without any permanent or partial disability, then you most likely will not need a lawyer. This is because worker’s compensation is required to be provided by most employers, and it can process simple, standard claims as rapidly and expeditiously as possible.
However, if you suffered a serious injury, or there is confusion about whether or not the injury is job-related, if your ability to return to work is in question, or you don’t know if you may be permanently or partially disabled – then it is important to speak to a lawyer immediately. Therefore, if you feel your case is in any way out of the ordinary, contact a lawyer for a free consultation to learn about your rights.
Also, keep in mind that employers may discourage injured workers from hiring an attorney simply because they have their own best interests in mind. To be sure you’re aware what your legal rights are, it might be worth your time to at least get a consultation with a reputable and experienced lawyer to assess your situation and advise you accordingly.
How to Choose The Right Lawyer
Once you’ve decided you do want to speak to a lawyer, the next step is ensuring you hire the right one. Hiring a lawyer is simple, but hiring the right lawyer for your case takes some extra work. A lawyer who has a great reputation, is experienced with your type of situation, and is dedicated and compassionate is the ideal lawyer.
It is important that the lawyer is experienced in worker’s compensation and other on-the-job accident cases. The lawyer you choose should have experience with taking on insurance companies and large employers. It is always good to ask family, friends and colleagues for a referral to a reputable attorney to handle your worker’s compensation or on-the-job accident case. Asking for testimonials and information about the firm is particularly beneficial when choosing the right lawyer.
In the end, it’s important to choose a lawyer with all of the above who you confidently feel genuinely cares about you and your case.
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