• Aug
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    When to File for Workers’ Compensation

    Know the Signs that You Should Hire a Lawyer

    You’ve suffered an injury at work. Maybe you fell over debris that was carelessly placed in the office. Maybe you developed carpal tunnel syndrome or fell off a ladder. Whatever the cause and whatever kind of damage it’s done, you are probably entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp is a form of no-fault insurance that is generally provided by an employer for their employees. In exchange for providing this insurance, employers get the benefit of being able to avoid personal injury lawsuits for injuries and illnesses that occur at work. Though in many cases when a worker is injured on the job, their workers’ compensation claim is approved and honored, there are many instances where an employer or their insurance company rejects the claim and denies the compensation that is deserved and needed. Though not every workers’ compensation claim will need assistance from an attorney, if you’ve been injured it’s important for you to know the signs that you should hire a lawyer. The law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC have a successful record of representing and winning workers’ compensation claims on behalf of our clients

    There are a number of signs that you need to hire a lawyer to help you with your workers’ compensation claim. These include:

    • When your company has turned you down for your claim or failed to provide you with the compensation that they owe you in a reasonable amount of time.
    • When the money that your employer has offered you in a settlement for your workers’ compensation is not enough to pay for your medical bills or to provide you with a reasonable replacement for the wages that you’ve lost.
    • When the injury or illness that took place on your job is very serious and keeps you from going back to work at your former job, or even working at all.
    • If your situation is complicated by the fact that you receive Social Security disability payments.
    • If you file a workers’ compensation claim and your boss responds by firing you, demoting you, or in some other way punishing you for your claim.
    • When you have been injured and some other entity or person other than your company or boss can be held legally responsible for your injuries.

    There are many important ways that a workers’ compensation attorney can provide you with valuable assistance. They can represent you in an appeal to the workers’ compensation board when your appeal has been denied, or negotiate a better settlement offer on your behalf directly with your employer or their insurance company. They can help you to structure a settlement that doesn’t interfere with other benefits you receive, or file a claim against your employer for retaliating against you. Perhaps most importantly of all, if you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against a third party that contributed to your injury, they can help you with that claim and represent you so that you can get the compensation that you deserve.

    If you have suffered a workplace injury or illness, it is a very good idea to consult with the experienced attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC. We work hard to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.

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