Involve a lawyer in your worker's compensation claim to minimize your denial chances and maximize your benefits. Below are specific ways a lawyer can strengthen your claim.
Worker's compensation rules and regulations determine the timelines you must follow while processing your claim. For example, the regulations determine how long you have to:
- Notify your lawyer about your injury
- File your claim (your employer may do this on your behalf in some states)
- Reopen your case if your injury worsens after the settlement
Your correspondence with worker's compensation may also contain deadlines; your lawyer will ensure you respect them too.
Submitting the Right Documents
The success of your worker's compensation claim mainly depends on whether you can prove your claims. For example, you must prove that your injury is work-related, your medical treatment cost, and your disability's extent. In most cases, you will use documents to prove your claims.
Information you may need includes your medical treatment, accident details, employment records, and witness statements. You may have to gather information from different sources, including your employer. A worker's compensation lawyer knows the documents you need for your claim and will help you gather and submit them to relevant parties.
Ensuring Disability Rating Correctness
Your worker's compensation disability ratings reflect your level of impairment due to your work injury. The disability rating determines your compensation. Thus, you must get your disability rating right for your deserved compensation. The disability rating depends on multiple factors, such as:
- Your medical condition
- Injury nature and extent
- Injury date
- Your age
- Your occupation
Numerous things can affect these factors and sway your rating one way or the other. For example, worker's compensation may claim some of your limitations relate to your preexisting injuries. Your lawyer will protect your rights and ensure worker's compensation insurance use the correct impairment rating.
Reviewing Denials Before Appeals
You may need to appeal your case before you can get your worker's compensation benefits. For example, the insurance company may deny your claim if they believe your injury wasn't work-related or was due to horseplay.
A lawyer should review your case before appeal. The review should assess the denial's genuineness, analyze relevant remedies, and gather relevant proof. That way, you minimize the risk of a second denial.
Hopefully, you will get the benefits you deserve once you get the right lawyer. Remember to work with the lawyer and respect their advice for the best outcome.
Reach out to a worker's comp attorney for more info.