Q: Is it necessary to hire a lawyer for my workers' compensation claim?
A: It is if you have a claim worthy of protecting! In other words, if your accident involves a relatively small injury; e.g., a paper cut, then you do not need an attorney. If you are going to need medical treatment, be out of work or have other issues that would tend to evidence a more involved claim, then yes, you should consult an attorney. There is no charge to speak with an attorney and once you discuss the facts, you can then make an informed decision regarding whether you need to retain the services of an attorney.
A: You are not required to have a lawyer but if you have more than a minor injury you will very probably benefit from having representation. Some things to be considered are whether the claim is admitted or denied, the complexity of the legal issues involved, and the nature and extent of the injury, medical treatment, lost time, and permanent disability. A free consultation can help you determine whether you would be better off having a lawyer.
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