Getting into a work-related accident can have a major impact on your life. If you fall and suffer a serious back injury, you could be unable to work, lift your kids up or sleep in your own bed. And in addition to the massive medical bills that are piling up, you can struggle to pay your mortgage and provide the things your family needs.
This is why it is so important to file a workers' compensation claim if you get injured or sick through the course of your employment. However, before you decide to navigate the workers' compensation system alone, you should be aware of why it can be prudent to work with an attorney.
- To have someone on your side: Your employer and insurance companies have priorities that don't necessarily include getting you the compensation you need. Knowing this, you can work with an attorney who is focused on protecting you and your rights.
- To allow you to concentrate on recovering: Navigating the legal system can be tedious, and keeping track of paperwork and deadlines can be confusing, which can take critical mental energy away from your recovery and lead to stress and anxiety. Leaving these details and tasks in the hands of an attorney can help you stay focused on getting better.
- To help you avoid costly mistakes: If you are like many Oklahoma workers, you probably have never navigated the workers' compensation system. This can make it all but impossible to anticipate obstacles or avoid missteps. An experienced workers' compensation attorney will have been through this process and can identify and avoid mistakes that might jeopardize your claim.
For these and other reasons, legal guidance and support can be crucial if you are injured in a work-related accident. The money available to you through workers' compensation can be essential during such a difficult time, but it can be complicated to pursue if you are intimidated by or unfamiliar with the process and navigating the system.