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Do You Need an Attorney to Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

There are no laws that require you to hire an attorney when pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, but it can certainly help your case. An experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney can help minimize delays and help you get better results. If your benefits are denied, and you need to file an appeal, you want an attorney on your side who can argue on your behalf.

When Should You Hire an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

Certain circumstances warrant hiring an attorney right away. These circumstances include:

  • Your injuries are listed as moderate to severe, which could lead to permanent disability;
  • Your injuries require surgical intervention;
  • You had pre-existing health problems or disabilities;
  • Your injuries prevent you from returning to work in your current position or your chosen profession as a whole;
  • Your workers’ compensation benefits were denied; and
  • Your employer has disputed the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s decision.

The legal process in a workers’ compensation claim can be complicated. If you make a seemingly minor error, it can have significant consequences on your claim. When you have an attorney representing you, they will avoid making these mistakes.

One of the most important reasons to consider retaining an attorney is to protect your rights. Insurance companies are notorious for denying claims. They hope an injured worker will not pursue an appeal, and the claim will go away. If you have a permanent disability from your injuries, they often misjudge them. By rating your disability lower, they can save the insurance company money.

Skilled Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys know how insurance companies operate and their tactics to undervalue disability ratings or deny claims.

Why Not Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

In cases involving minor injuries with a few doctor visits, it is usually unnecessary to get an attorney. You do not need an attorney when your injury is clearly related to your job, and there is no significant amount of medical treatment. If your injuries are not permanent and you are not missing a substantial amount of work time, you may not necessarily need an attorney either. In most cases, these claims will go through without any problems, and you will receive compensation to cover your expenses.

Do Not Wait to Contact an Attorney

If you have questions about your Illinois workers’ compensation case or believe the insurance company is taking advantage of you, do not wait to speak with an attorney. Contact Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd., today to schedule an initial consultation.

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