You might not need a lawyer if:
- Your employer and your insurance company are providing medical care
- Your employer is paying your regular wages
- Your employer is paying full and fair benefits for missed work
If everything goes right, you might experience the following:
- Helpful and necessary medical care and treatment until you heal to what the doctors call “Maximum Medical Improvement” or MMI (not completely cured, but as much improvement as possible)
- An examination to determine whether you have continued impairment and how bad it is
- A full and fair payment from a worker’s compensation insurance company based on the doctor’s impairment rating.
- At the point the insurance company makes the offer, you should call your lawyer for a free consultation and review of the offer.
- But, if something just doesn’t seem right, or you don’t feel like you’re being treated fairly, you might be better off calling your lawyer earlier.
You should call a lawyer when:
- Your employer will not report your injury to their insurance
- The insurance company will not provide medical benefits or payments to you
- The insurance company has denied or outright rejected your claim
- Your employer does not offer you light or restricted duty work after your doctor has released you to return to work
- You know you’re being treated unfairly
- You aren’t getting the medical care you know you need
- Something just doesn’t seem right
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