Workers’ compensation benefits exist to protect employees after a workplace injury or illness. The benefits cover a wide range of injuries, illnesses, disabilities, and disfigurements. If an employee dies as a result of a workplace accident, his family can receive compensation.
The system serves the interests of both employers and employees, as it is a no-fault arrangement for employees and protects employers from costly litigation. Employees in the state of Delaware are not required to retain a lawyer to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, while workers’ compensation seeks to avoid complex legal cases, filing for the benefits is a legal arrangement, and an experienced lawyer can help an injured worker receive the maximum compensation available.
Why Hire an Attorney for a Workers’ Compensation Claim
There are many laws concerning workers’ compensation benefits, and, like any other aspect of the legal system, they are subject to updates and changes. When seeking benefits, an injured worker may have to file a claim with the workers’ compensation board. The board members and the judge overseeing the case are not allowed to offer any advice to applicants. Additionally, outside parties may not always have the injured worker’s best interests at heart. No one else will assist the injured worker with legal tasks, such as:
- Filing correct paperwork
- Appear at legal hearings
- Investigate and present evidence to the court if necessary
- Negotiate with the insurance company and/or employer
- Track the claim to ensure the case is moving forward appropriately
The Application Process Can Become Complicated
An experienced attorney will not only have experience with these types of tasks, but he will also have a thorough understanding of state workers’ compensation rules and will work to meet the injured worker’s objectives only. While an employee may feel he can handle the process on his own, these matters can become complex. Experts suggest hiring counsel in cases where:
- The employer has denied the claim.
- Medical bills are not being paid.
- The employee has experienced a backlash at work because of the claim.
- The insurance company or employer has offered a settlement.
- The employee receives Social Security or qualifies for Medicare or Medicaid.
- The employee feels at all uncertain proceeding on his own.
After an injury, an employee needs time and energy to focus on his recovery. He should not have to worry about whether he and his family will receive the proper compensation. Often, workplace injuries are serious and debilitating. Workers’ compensation benefits can be vital to the employee now and in the future. An experience workers’ compensation lawyer can help protect the rights of an injured worker and work to ensure the security of the future.
If you or someone you love has suffered an illness or injury at work, you may be entitled to make a workers’ compensation claim. Chat live with a member of the experienced legal team at Morris James Personal Injury Group to get started seeking the benefits you deserve.