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Workers' CompensationWhen Should I Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer? 

September 18, 2020

We live in a DIY world. Have a problem? Google it. Watch a how-to video on YouTube. It seems like instructions on doing-it-yourself are everywhere. But some things, like filing a workers’ compensation claim after a work injury, shouldn’t be done alone. This blog will explain why it’s important to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible after your injury instead of waiting until your claim is denied – or not hiring one at all. 

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Lawyer 

Were you hurt at work? Contact the Nebraska worker’s compensation lawyer at Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. We’ve secured compensation for workers across the state – and we can help you too. You also can download our free ebook – written by our skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney, David Handley – which will likely answer many of your questions. Call 402-234-8787. Get your free ebook today. And, share your story here. 

Hire a Work Comp Attorney Right Away 

The best time to hire a Nebraska workers’ compensation lawyer is the moment you know your injury is severe and you are not likely to simply bounce back to your normal job and way of life. Our workers’ compensation attorney works on contingency, meaning we don’t collect a fee until we earn money for you. If you wait until your claim is denied, it’s more difficult to turn things around in your favor. For example, if you incorrectly fill out a Form 50 (Choice of Doctor Form) and the insurance company denies payment for all treatment to a doctor not on your form, we probably cannot fix your error by the time you hire us.  If that happens, you are paying all those bills out-of-pocket. Don’t wait until it is too late. 

There are numerous errors a person can make when trying to navigate their workers’ compensation case on their own. Since we are paid based on producing results and not for every hour we work on your case, what makes more sense? Does it make more sense to have an attorney work 9-12 months for you trying to undo the mess you could have avoided if you had an attorney guiding you while maximizing your benefits? Or does it make more sense to hire an attorney early on who can maximize your benefits, avoid the problems, and when the insurance company decides to play games, have your attorney already poised to strike and if necessary spend the next 9-12 months making the insurance company miserable?

Most people who have serious injuries want to move smoothly through their case and rehabilitation period. They want to know that everything is being paid fairly and that they are not being taken advantage of.  If you have an attorney, you have a better chance of moving smoothly through your case. If you wait 6-9 months or longer to hire an attorney when you have major problems, now your attorney has to play catch up on the last 6-9 months instead of being able to play offense and quickly get you what you need. 

Our experienced work comp attorney can guide you through the often-complicated and overwhelming process of securing you the help and benefits you need, depending on the severity of your injury. Many claims include medical coverage; past, present and future as well as financial payouts to help you support yourself and your family as you heal. 

Seek Medical Help and Inform Your Employer 

The first two most important steps an injured worker in Nebraska should take before hiring their attorney is to seek medical help immediately and inform their employer of the injury as soon as possible. The moment you know you are hurt or feel like something isn’t right in your body, even if the injury seems minor, is to tell the employer and seek medical attention. Do not try to tough it out and continue to work.  You are likely to make your injury worse and delay informing your employer. Failing to inform your employer timely can be a complete defense. Meaning, your employer can deny your entire claim and may not be required to pay a single dime because you failed to report the injury as soon as practicable. If you question whether you informed your employer timely, contact us immediately. The law regarding notice to your employer can be tricky and full of surprises. Not all of those surprises are nice surprises.  

Other Time Limits

Also, keep in mind that Nebraska has a statute of limitations for filing workmans’ compensation cases, so time is crucial. In most cases, the time frame is two years after the date of your injury. It is crucial that you contact your attorney and get the process started right away. Although the time period may be two years, other problems can creep in and rob you of a successful claim long before the two year statute of limitations. 

Do I Really Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer? 

A lawyer advocating on your behalf will make it more likely that your workers’ compensation claim is a success. From negotiating with insurers to ensuring you get the maximum benefits to which you’re entitled, it can be challenging and devastating  representing yourself. The insurance company will push back and try to manipulate you into accepting a settlement that is lower than you deserve. Or, insurers will say you weren’t injured at work, period. How then will you pay your medical bills, your mortgage, and provide for your family when you can’t work? Your employer and the Insurance company are not on your side. We are. 

 About Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. 

 Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

 Our firm can help. Fill out our confidential intake form to share your story or call us at call 402-234-8787. 

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