I Was Injured at Work. Should I Get a Lawyer to Represent Me?
There is never a wrong time to seek legal counsel and learn your rights
If you have been injured on the job, you don’t necessarily need a lawyer. Many injuries require only a few sick days to recover, and workers’ compensation pays for your medical bills. However, the workers’ comp system doesn’t always perform perfectly, and you may have rights outside the system that would provide a greater level of compensation. At the Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C., we have been fighting for workers since 1993, and we are determined to see injured workers recover the maximum amount possible in benefits and compensation. We don’t charge for consultations, so you can learn about your rights in your specific circumstances. If you have suffered a serious, potentially disabling injury, you must get reliable legal advice.
How do I know if I need to hire a workers’ compensation attorney?
Many workers’ compensation claims go through without any hassle. But if at any point you’re denied access to benefits, it’s time to get professional assistance. You should call our Oakland law firm if:
- Your claim is denied
- You disagree with your treatment plan
- You’re refused a second opinion
- You are denied an alternative treatment
- Your treating physician clears you for work before you’re fully healed
- You get a lower than expected disability rating
- The insurer wants to settle your medical and disability claim
When any of these situations arise, you are at an extreme disadvantage going up against a large insurance company whose main concern is limiting payouts to claimants.
How our dedicated Oakland attorneys can help with your workers’ comp claim
The workers’ compensation system is highly bureaucratic and confusing for anyone who is inexperienced in dealing with it. On top of that, the deadlines for appealing denials come quickly. Fortunately, our attorneys have specific knowledge related to workers’ compensation law and procedure. We understand what type of evidence is required to turn a denial of claim around, to get you the treatment you require, and to revise your disability rating so you get the level of benefits you deserve.
If you have a serious injury, the insurance company will probably offer to settle your claim for a lump sum or payments structured over a short period of time. A large lump sum can look very attractive, especially if household bills have piled up during your period of disability. But remember, the insurance company is making this offer to save money. We provide guidance based on decades of workers’ comp experience, and we negotiate fair settlements that work for you and your family. To get the greatest value for your disability claim, trust our attorneys to negotiate your settlement.
Speak to our accomplished workers’ comp attorneys today
If you’ve suffered a serious work injury, you need the maximum level of workers’ comp benefits possible. At the Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C., you can get a free consultation and case evaluation with an experienced injury attorney. Call today at (510) 588-1000, or contact our firm online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Oakland, we represent clients throughout Northern California. Hablamos español.