When you are injured during a work-related activity, your employer's worker's compensation insurance should pay for any medical treatments you require as well as compensate for lost wages due to the injury. On the other hand, you cannot draw on this worker's compensation insurance unless you first file a claim. If you do not get your facts straight on the form or you don't fill out the form correctly, your claim can be denied, leaving you with no access to worker's compensation insurance. Thus, you should at least consider hiring a worker's compensation lawyer to assist you in making your claim. 

Reason to Hire a Lawyer #1: Injury or Illness

When you are sick or injured, you need time to convalesce. If you are stressed about filling out your form correctly and running around to gather the necessary evidence required to make your claim, you will not be able to concentrate on healing as you should. Furthermore, gathering evidence is a time-sensitive process. The sooner you can gather the evidence, the less you have to worry about the evidence degrading or getting lost. Thus, if you are not able to take on the task of gathering evidence, you should hire a lawyer to do the work for you to make sure no evidence is lost or mishandled while you are healing.  

Reason to Hire a Lawyer #2: Experience

Even if you are physically able to gather evidence, a lawyer will better understand how to fill out forms because of their expertise and training. Think about filling out a worker's compensation form like filling out a tax return document. You may be able to do the job yourself, but simply understanding the language on the form is challenging, and if you don't understand what the form is asking you to do, making a compelling case can be a daunting task. Furthermore, the more complicated your case is, the trickier it will be to fill out your forms and present your evidence in a compelling way. 

Hiring a lawyer may not be necessary in every worker's compensation case, but most lawyers will offer a free initial consultation. So even if all you want to do is make sure you are able to make your claim on your own, you should at least have a lawyer review your case. If the lawyer gives you compelling reasons for receiving help with presenting your case, then you can have the comfort of having a legal expert at your side during what can be a long and grueling process. For more information, contact an local firm like Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn LLP