Do I Need a Lawyer for My Work Injury?
You do not need a lawyer to represent your case if you are injured while working. However, in most cases, having an attorney’s help can save injured workers thousands, and typically leads to better coverage for their injuries.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (the Bureau) will approve “medical only” cases relatively quickly, but cases that are more complex often get backlash from the Bureau. Also, your employer could contest your claims. If that happens, having legal counsel can help make sure your case doesn’t get thrown out.
How Can a Lawyer Help You With Your Work Injury?
Appeals: If your workers’ comp claim is denied, you have a 14-day window to submit an appeal. A lawyer can streamline the appeal process and help you build up strong evidence for your appeal.
Employer backlash: An employer has the right to dispute a workers’ comp claim. They may argue the accident never happened or that your injuries are not a result of the incident. A written letter stating reasons for the denial, and how to appeal it, will be included in the letter. A large employer will be difficult to face alone in court; a lawyer can strengthen your case.
Getting coverage: Employers, their insurance companies, and the Bureau will often try to retaliate against complex workers comp claims, and offer coverage that doesn’t take the full scope of the injuries into consideration. An attorney can get the coverage you need, not only for your immediate injuries, but also for the recovery process and any possible future health complications.
Columbus workers comp attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC get the most out of work injury claims and can help you appeal a denial.