Most workers compensation injuries and claims do not require the assistance of a lawyer. Usually, if there is no question about the circumstances surrounding the injury or any issue surrounding the severity of the injury, no one will contest the claim and all of your bills should be paid. However, if there is any question about whether the injury actually occurred on the job or the extent of the injuries, you may need the assistance of an attorney.
Oftentimes employers will hire attorneys to represent their interests and if the claim or disability is contested those attorneys will be present at any hearings before the Industrial Commission. Unrepresented injured workers can be at a disadvantage because they are unfamiliar with the rules and laws and, of course, the employer’s attorneys can take advantage.
Bottom line is that you are not required to have an attorney but in certain circumstances, especially when your employer is questioning your claim or they have an attorney, you should make sure you are protected.
If you have any question about the need for an attorney or your rights, you should speak with an attorney familiar with workers’ compensation. An initial consult should be free.
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