Know when to hire a workers' compensation attorney

When you've been injured at work, you naturally want to get the financial benefits you need to stay afloat and the medical benefits you need to recover.

Your employer and the insurance company, on the other hand, want something very different -- something that's directly at odds with your goals. Your employer and the insurance company simply want to cut their losses.

Given that situation, is it any wonder that injured workers struggle to get through the California workers' compensation system? The whole thing is set up in a way where the only person who has a reason to be worried about your interests is you. That's why so many injury victims hire an attorney from the very start of their claim.

But what if you wait? At what point should your willingness to give the system a chance stop? Here are some signs:

1. You claim is denied for technical reasons

The paperwork jungle you're in can be overwhelming. An attorney can help ease your burden and make sure that all of the forms are completed correctly.

2. Your employer is disputing your claim

That's an automatic red flag. Whenever an employer alleges that an injured worker shouldn't be paid, you can bet that the insurance company will listen.

3. The insurance company claims your injury isn't work-related

If the insurance company tries to blame your injury on a pre-existing condition, that's a big problem. It may take a convincing argument to win the benefits you deserve.

4. Your claim is denied for any other reason

Once your claim is denied, the convoluted process of obtaining benefits gets even more difficult. It's not a situation you want to try to navigate on your own.

If you're tired of delays and excuses, find out more about how our office may be able to help with your workers' compensation claim.

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