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Why you may need to consult a workers' compensation lawyer

If you have been injured while on the job, it may benefit you to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney. The workers’ compensation system was created in part to unburden the court system and workers themselves from the stress of lawsuits tied to work-related injuries and illnesses. In theory, workers are meant to receive workers’ compensation benefits after suffering an injury at work and are meant to do so without having to navigate a great deal of red tape.

In general, the workers’ compensation system was designed to be a “no fault” system. Therefore, you neither need to prove that your employer was at fault for your injury nor that you were not at fault for your injury before securing benefits. Unfortunately, the workers’ compensation system is imperfect. As a result, many workers are improperly denied access to the benefits they deserve or are compelled to weather delays, red tape and trips to court, even though the system itself was partially created to eliminate the need for these things.

When the workers’ compensation system functions imperfectly, experienced attorneys can often help workers to navigate these imperfect functions and to secure the benefits that they are entitled to.

If you have questions about whether you qualify for benefits, are improperly denied access to benefits, are compelled to appeal a denial or are otherwise in need of assistance, an attorney experienced in matters of workers’ compensation will likely be able to help you navigate the system as successfully as is possible under the circumstances.

Source: Findlaw Injured, “5 Things a Workers' Comp Lawyer Can Do (That You Probably Can't),” Daniel Taylor, Oct. 22, 2014

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