Under the workers’ compensation insurance system, you and your employer have a binding legal contract that shields your employer from litigation and also guarantees you compensation for medical bills and some portion of your lost wages following a disabling workplace injury. Unfortunately, it is common for claims examiners working for insurance companies to act in bad faith and reduce, delay, or deny legitimate claims unless they expect an aggressive workers’ compensation lawyer to hold them accountable for doing so.
Fraudulent employers can similarly deprive an injured worker of some or all of their benefits when a savvy worker’s comp lawyer is not part of the legal process. If your injuries are fairly minor, you may not need a workers’ compensation attorney. If, however, your injuries are of a more serious nature and involve surgery, continuing care, or other expensive costs, a worker’s comp attorney can make sure that these economic concerns are addressed in a timely fashion by persuading insurance companies and employers to act in good faith and honor their contracts.