There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to Workers Compensation. Many people think that receiving benefits is just automatic when they are hurt at work. While it may seem that they should be automatic, it simply is not true. When a person is hurt at work, they first have to go to the human resources department and let them know that happened. While they are there, HR will have them fill out paperwork in regards to their accident or injury. After that, depending on the injury the employee will probably go home or to the doctor. This is the point where it would be a good idea to contact an attorney. Unfortunately, most people do not hire an attorney right away.
The reason is that they feel that their claim is straight forward, and there should be no issues. They may also feel secure with the fact that they have been receiving benefits checks. Workers Compensation benefits can sometimes stop with no notice at all. Other times they continue with no interruptions and everything is taken care of for the employee, this seems to be the minority of claims though. When it comes to a person’s health and life it is better to be prepared than to just hope that everything works out for them.
Even with an attorney getting all of the benefits that are owed to a worker can be difficult and time consuming. Without an attorney, it can be next to impossible if the insurance company decides to fight the claim. Even if, the employee is legitimately injured, sometimes the insurance company still decides to deny the claim and take it to court. What this means for the employee is a lapse in the benefits that they need to take care of themselves and their families. Having an attorney can lessen the amount of time that they may go without benefits. An attorney can help their client get not only the amount of money that they are owed, but they can also make sure that they receive it quicker than they would on their own. Winning a workers compensation claim can be a very difficult process and having an attorney can make it much easier.