When to Consult a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Workers’ Compensation provides certain benefits to workers who are injured on the job, primarily benefits for lost wages, medical treatment, and vocational rehabilitation (assistance returning to work). In a perfect world, the employer’s insurance company would provide the injured worker with all the benefits to which they are entitled, and involvement of lawyers would not be necessary, but that is rarely the case. So when should an injured worker consult with an attorney? The answer is ASAP!

Often times, the insurance company initially provides the benefits that the injured worker needs. Lost wages and medical bills get paid by the insurer, and the employee is given a false sense of security. But as weeks pass, the insurer begins positioning itself to cut off the stream of benefits, often by sending the worker to an “independent medical examination.” Then, out of the blue, the injured worker gets a notice in the mail that benefits are coming to an abrupt halt.

The injured worker should therefore be proactive in positioning themselves to keep benefits going. With the assistance of a workers’ compensation attorney, the injured worker can undertake certain proactive measures within the first 60 days of the date of injury. These include making sure the worker has aligned themselves with a good doctor and a good Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant (QRC). The Eckberg Lammers workers’ compensation team can assist you with making sure your doctor and QRC are the right fit for your case.

Consulting with a workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible after being injured is important, even if your employer and its insurer initially “accept” your claim and begin paying benefits, because that status can change in a hurry. If you wait to consult with a lawyer until after adverse action has occurred, it may be too late to best position your case for success.

Have you been inJured on the job?

If so, call the Eckberg Lammers' Workers' Compensation Team at 651-439-2878 for a free consultation today.

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