A: A workers' compensation judge cannot force you to get a lawyer. He can strongly suggest this is in your best interest, and if you attempt to settle your case without a lawyer, he can find that you do not understand the full legal significance of the agreement and refuse to approve it.
I see that you have spoken to a few workers' compensation lawyers and they have not been willing to represent you. I would suggest you talk to a few more. The simple truth is your odds of success in the claim or in obtaining a fair settlement are much higher if you have an attorney.
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