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Do I need a lawyer for my California workers’ compensation claim?

David S. Galperson - Workers' Compensation - Super Lawyers

Answered by: David S. Galperson

Rose Klein & Marias LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-626-0571
Fax: 213-623-7755

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Many people wonder whether it is worth it to hire an attorney to help them in their workers’ compensation claim. While there is no law that requires you to hire an attorney for anything, it is extremely beneficial to get legal representation for a number of reasons.

Below, we’ve outlined a few of the benefits of hiring an attorney to help you file a workers’ compensation claim or appeal a denial.

The bottom line

Ultimately, what you care about is getting the money you need after missing work and undergoing medical treatment. A lawyer helps you understand what you need to do to file a claim and can help you avoid any mistakes that would prevent or delay your claim. For example, many workers who don’t have representation fail to meet deadlines.

Importantly, an experienced workers’ comp lawyer will know how much your claim is worth. Insurance companies and businesses are there to make money. The less they pay out on claims, the more money they make. They will not act against their own self-interest; if you want the money you deserve, you will have to fight for it. Your lawyer will help you to protect your legal rights and financial interests throughout the claim and any appeal.

The other side has experienced lawyers

The insurance company and your employer will have lawyers arguing their side. Going it alone puts you at a disadvantage. The good news is you can have an experienced and skilled lawyer on your side who is able to take on insurance companies.

Gathering evidence

It is hard to know what documentation you need to support your claim without having gone through it before. Workers’ compensation has become a complex maze of competing interests. If you don’t gather enough documentation, your claim may be denied, delayed or less than you deserve.

Your attorney will help you gather documentation and fight to get you the benefits you need. Workers’ compensation insurance providers are looking for a reason to deny your claim or minimize your benefits. Don’t give them the opportunity.  

There’s no risk to learning about your options

Our firm offers free initial consultations so you can learn about your rights and how we can help without any cost to you. It is rare that an attorney is not necessary. If your injury was relatively minor, you are back at work or expect to be so in the next couple of days, and your injury has completely and fully healed, you may not need an attorney. But it doesn’t hurt to talk to one to find out.  

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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